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CDC: Measle's case hit 695, the highest number since the disease was eliminated in 2000

April 25 (UPI) – New measles cases in the US this year have surpassed the highest number of records since the disease was declared nearly 20 years ago, health officials said. On Wednesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it has registered 695 cases in 22 states. The previous record was 694 in 2014. "This is the largest number of cases reported in the United States since measles was eliminated from this country in 2000," the CDC said in a statement. Federation Health Officers assigned the record setting number to some major outbreaks, especially in New York and Washington. "The longer these outbreaks continue, the greater the chance masses will again get a steady foothold in the United States," said the CDC. The latest outbreaks began when non-vaccinated travelers visited foreign countries and returned with disease, risking infection in their communities. Health and Human Secretary Alex Azar said in a statement measles is not a harmless childhood disease and the disease is "avoidable". "We have the ability to protect our children and our communities safely," he said. "Vaccines are a safe and highly effective public health process that can prevent this disease. The measles vaccines are among the most extensively studied medical products, and their safety has been established for many years in some of the largest vaccine studies ever made." The World Health Organization said this month, the number of global measles cases increased 300 percent during the first three months of the year compared to the…

April 25 (UPI) – New measles cases in the US this year have surpassed the highest number of records since the disease was declared nearly 20 years ago, health officials said.

On Wednesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it has registered 695 cases in 22 states. The previous record was 694 in 2014.

“This is the largest number of cases reported in the United States since measles was eliminated from this country in 2000,” the CDC said in a statement.

Federation Health Officers assigned the record setting number to some major outbreaks, especially in New York and Washington.

“The longer these outbreaks continue, the greater the chance masses will again get a steady foothold in the United States,” said the CDC.

The latest outbreaks began when non-vaccinated travelers visited foreign countries and returned with disease, risking infection in their communities.

Health and Human Secretary Alex Azar said in a statement measles is not a harmless childhood disease and the disease is “avoidable”.

“We have the ability to protect our children and our communities safely,” he said. “Vaccines are a safe and highly effective public health process that can prevent this disease. The measles vaccines are among the most extensively studied medical products, and their safety has been established for many years in some of the largest vaccine studies ever made.”

The World Health Organization said this month, the number of global measles cases increased 300 percent during the first three months of the year compared to the same period last year. WHO said that “vaccine hesitation”, “reluctance or refusal to vaccinate despite the availability of vaccines” is one of 1

0 threats to global health in 2019.

Azar said the Health and Health Ministry will launch a campaign next week under National Infant Immunization Week, to educate the public that vaccines are safe.

“All Americans would be safer and healthier if we got measles vaccines on the recommended schedule,” he said.

CDC will again update its measles numbers Monday.

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