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How 'completely avoidable' measles cases in US continue to climb

How 'completely avoidable' measles cases in US continue to climb”

Research also suggests that children who get measles before age 2 have a higher risk of developing SSPE later in life.

Almost 83,000 people contracted measles in Europe in 2018, the highest number in a decade. "That's a remarkable upswing from the last two years: in 2017 there were just 120 cases, and the following year, 372".

The Oregon Health Authority reports that an individual contagious with measles visited the Portland International Airport as well as locations in Marion County in February. One case was acquired from the United Kingdom and one from Ukraine.

Since 2012, all cases of measles in New Zealand came from travellers bringing the disease from overseas.

The congressional hearing focused on talks around response efforts for the current measles outbreaks and where in the country rates of the recommended measles, mumps and rubella or MMR vaccine are found to be low.

"Once infected, there is no specific treatment for measles, so vaccination is a life-saving tool for children", it said.

"MMR vaccine is required for school attendance, unless someone has an exemption", Farr said.

In the case of one yeshiva, on Wilson Street between Division and Lee Avenues in Williamsburgh, patient zero was an unimmunized student who carried the disease without showing its symptoms, started to attend the yeshiva in mid-January, 2019, and spread the virus to his fellow students.

Anyone who suspects an exposure is urged to call a health care provider before going to a medical office or emergency department. I certainly don't. And on top of that, a number of children suffered brain damage from measles. Complications and fatalities are rare but do happen.

The majority of the cases has mainly affected the Orthodox Jewish community in New Square, Spring Valley, and Monsey, health officials said. "This is a clear issue of pikuach nefesh".

One of the primary arguments used to oppose mandatory vaccinations is the claim of religious exemption. It is just as imperative that our parents and yeshivas take all the necessary precautions to keep unvaccinated children away from harm.

Fredell stated that UMW follows the CDC and American College Health Association guidelines for what vaccinations they require.

That law was passed because large clusters of "anti-vaxx" parents were refusing to vaccinate their children - allowing outbreaks of measles and whooping cough to re-emerge in that state.

Measles cases are soaring around the world, including in areas previously declared measles free, according to the U.N. Children's Fund. Only if 95 percent of the population are vaccinated, their immunity also to people who can't be vaccinated for health reasons. "I thank the Health Department for their efforts to do outreach and spread the word to ensure NY families are protected".



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