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Measles surpass 1,000 cases in the US

Measles surpass 1,000 cases in the US”

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said 61 new cases have been reported since May 27 of the sometimes deadly disease.

"The number of cases are going up, but the numbers [of new cases per week] are varying a lot", Morse said.

"The 1,000th case of a preventable disease like measles is a troubling reminder of how important that work is to the public health of the nation", HHS Secretary Alex Azar said in a statement on Wednesday.

Since 2000, the number has fluctuated between a few dozen and a few hundred cases per year, with 667 cases recorded during a 2014 outbreak in OH, especially in Amish communities.

Measles spread among unvaccinated people in Orthodox Jewish communities in New York State, New York City, and New Jersey after travelers returned from Israel with the virus. That 971 number represents the highest level of confirmed cases in the US since 1992, and the most since the disease was declared eliminated almost 20 years ago.

Clark County in Washington state had the second-largest outbreak in the U.S. this year with more than 70 cases reported.

Measles is an incredibly contagious and unsafe disease. Early on, measles can be confused for other viral illnesses such as the flu. The signs include high fever, couch, runny nose, rash, and red, watery eyes. This is an increase of 20 cases from the CDC's last official update of 981 confirmed cases in 26 states on Monday, June 3. The best way to end this outbreak is by ensuring that all the children and adults "who can get vaccinated, do get vaccinated".

In response to the outbreak, CDC has developed a toolkit with resources to increase public awareness and address safety concerns associated with the vaccines, stemming from misinformation.

The disease has mostly affected children who have not received the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine, which confers immunity to the three infectious diseases. According to him, people should talk to their doctor about the type of vaccines that can protect them from measles.



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