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US nears record number of measles cases

Health officials said they expect the 2019 case counts to jump in the coming weeks because of increased disease spread during Easter and Passover gatherings.

Health officials in the United States confirmed 71 new measles cases a week ago. But as of April 19 of this year, the CDC had confirmed 626 cases of the disease, and the states that are hardest hit include Texas, New York, California, Illinois and Washington.

For instance, the outbreak in NY, which was declared a public health emergency last month, began when an unvaccinated child became infected while visiting Israel, according to health officials. Measles in considered highly contagious with 90% of those who are unvaccinated contracting the disease when exposed.

According to the most recent data, measles outbreaks, which are defined as 3 or more cases, are ongoing in Rockland County, New York; New York City, New York; Butte County, California; Washington state; New Jersey; and MI.

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

Roughly three-quarters of this year's illnesses in the USA have been in NY state, mainly in two ultra-Orthodox Jewish communities in Brooklyn and suburban Rockland County.

Dr. Monique Duwell, the Chief of the Center for Infectious Surveillance and Outbreak Response with the Maryland Department of Health, says these four cases have been confined to one geographic area in the state.

The symptoms for measles are a fever of more than 101-degrees, a runny nose, coughing and red, watery eyes. Now marketed gene therapies hover around $500,000 or more per course of therapy and future agents may top $3 million to treat a single patient. Most people with measles recover without complications within a week. According to the CDC, there have been 426 reported cases of mumps so far this year across 34 states.

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A person can spread the illness four days before and four days after developing the rash and therefore may unknowingly spread it.

Find more NHS information on measles here. "A single dose of measles vaccine protects about 95 percent of children, but after two doses, nearly 100 percent are immune", Michigan's health department said in a press release.

Last week, the UN's World Health Agency reported that measles cases rose 300 percent worldwide through the first three months of 2019, compared to the same period past year, surging to over 112,000 reported cases - and likely many more unreported.

"Parents don't really understand risks of measles because they haven't seen measles because it's become such a rare disease, but measles does have very serious complications".

Public health officials say they'll work to increase vaccination rates across IL.

Persons should check their vaccine history for vaccination with measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine.

In the past, one dose was advocated compared with two shots doctors recommend for children today. The spread of the highly contagious disease has been largely restricted to communities of unvaccinated people.

A source familiar with the measles situation in the United States told CNN that of the 626 cases of measles in 2019, 72% are unvaccinated, and 18% have an unknown vaccination status.

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