Measles cases 'likely' to break yearly record in just 4 months

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Number of measles cases reported by year

Due to declines in measles vaccinations in recent years, there have been outbreaks of the disease all over the world, and medical experts say it could rebound in full force if not addressed.

WESTLAKE, Ohio- In just a matter of weeks the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates the USA will hit a new record of measles cases.

"The challenge is that there's some pockets of population that are under-immunized, so when a measles case is introduced into those pockets of population, you know, it sort of lights like a wildfire", said Jayne Griffith, an epidemiologist with the Minnesota Department of Health. This uptick in cases is blamed largely on clusters of people who refuse to get vaccinated, at least in the United States, putting a large number of children at risk.

Previously, the highest number of reported cases since elimination was 667 in 2014.

Two to three days after symptoms begin, an infected person may have tiny white spots appear inside of the mouth. There are also confirmed cases in Florida and Georgia, and Alabama health officials are concerned the disease could spread there.

Even if you are up-to-date with your measles vaccination, watch for symptoms of measles until May 6, 2019.

"However, there are pockets of people who are vaccine-hesitant", Messonnier said. However, the consequences can be more severe for infants and people with immune deficiencies.

The easiest way to prevent measles is to be vaccinated against the disease.

"These two patients have been asked to remain in isolation in their own home until the risk of passing on this illness to other people has passed", Dr Shoemack said.

In situations where all persons who have been exposed can be identified, Public Health works with organizations, case contacts, and family members to directly notify everyone involved.

Measles is highly contagious and can be spread through coughing or sneezing, or touching things that an infected person has coughed or sneezed on.

Caplan spoke with Deputy Political Editor Amanda House on SiriusXM's Breitbart News Easter Special and talked about the anti-vaccine movement in the US made up of people who believe they are linked to autism. Some of the best minds in science continuously study vaccines to ensure they are safe and effective - for the community, and for their own children. In some communities, anti-immunization activists have spread false claims about the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine, causing concern among parents about innoculating their children. The last measles death in our country was reported in 2015. There were 963 cases reported in the United States in 1994 and 508 in 1996. At least 303 cases have been reported this year, virtually all in Brooklyn.

"We're very anxious about measles", Department of Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer told the Board of Supervisors.

Dr. Duwell says measles is an airborne virus.

One dose is 93% effective at preventing the illness, and two doses are 97% effective.

While the Senate had first sought a bill that would have removed the philosophical exemption for all required childhood vaccines, both chambers ultimately agreed to move forward with the House bill that focused only on the measles, mumps, rubella vaccine - also known as MMR.

The CDC recommends the vaccine for every American over a year old.

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