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Messiah outbreaks: US measles rising to 626 cases, approaching a record, CDC reports

Fairs, pillows and rubella vaccines. (Eric Risberg / AP) The United States is about to exceed the record number of measles cases in a year since the disease was declared eliminated in 2000, according to figures reported Monday. For the fourth consecutive week, health care professionals have added dozens of new cases to this year's list of confirmed, totaling 626 – already the highest number over the last five years. The number of people affected by the disease highly contagious, potentially fatal disease increased by 71 in the third week of April, with 22 states reporting cases. In 2014, the United States had a record 667 cases, including a major outbreak, mainly among unvaccinated Amish communities in Ohio, which accounted for more than half of the cases that year. Health managers said they expect that in 2019 cases will speak to jump over the next few weeks due to increased disease spread during Easter and Easter gatherings. New York City officials, the largest outbreak in the country, are particularly worried. At least 303 cases have been reported this year, almost all in Brooklyn. New York City Health Commissioner Oxiris Barbot said she is strengthening for an increase. "Because of the long incubation period of the measles, we know that this outbreak will get worse before it gets better," she said last week. CDC figures, updated Monday, report cases by April 18 before holiday start. The States that have reported cases to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are Arizona,…


Fairs, pillows and rubella vaccines. (Eric Risberg / AP)

The United States is about to exceed the record number of measles cases in a year since the disease was declared eliminated in 2000, according to figures reported Monday. For the fourth consecutive week, health care professionals have added dozens of new cases to this year’s list of confirmed, totaling 626 – already the highest number over the last five years.

The number of people affected by the disease highly contagious, potentially fatal disease increased by 71 in the third week of April, with 22 states reporting cases. In 2014, the United States had a record 667 cases, including a major outbreak, mainly among unvaccinated Amish communities in Ohio, which accounted for more than half of the cases that year.

Health managers said they expect that in 2019 cases will speak to jump over the next few weeks due to increased disease spread during Easter and Easter gatherings. New York City officials, the largest outbreak in the country, are particularly worried. At least 303 cases have been reported this year, almost all in Brooklyn. New York City Health Commissioner Oxiris Barbot said she is strengthening for an increase.

“Because of the long incubation period of the measles, we know that this outbreak will get worse before it gets better,” she said last week.

CDC figures, updated Monday, report cases by April 18 before holiday start.

The States that have reported cases to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois Indiana, Iowa Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire , New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas and Washington.

The outbreaks are linked to travelers who brought measles from countries such as Israel, Ukraine and the Philippines, where major measles outbreaks occur.

Most people who have become ill were unvaccinated, officials said. In some communities, anti-vaccine activists have spread false claims about measles, kotz, and rubella vaccines, which refuse the refusal or hesitation of parents to immunize their children. When many people in a community have not been vaccinated, the disease can spread rapidly. It can cause serious complications among all age groups, especially young children, adults with weakened immune systems and much older.

The CDC defines an outbreak as three or more cases. In addition to New York City, there are outbreaks in California; Rockland County, N.Y. New Jersey; and Michigan, where almost all 43 cases are linked to a man who traveled to the Detroit area from Brooklyn, unaware that he had measles.

California has 23 cases, including four in San Mateo County, which includes an adult who visited Google’s headquarters in Mountainview and 13 cases in Butte County in northern California, the region destroyed by the most destructive fireplace in history.

In the Washington state, 74 people contracted the infection, including 63 who were unvaccinated. Health lovers are expected to explain that outbreak if no more cases are reported by Wednesday. There are two incubation periods (42 days) without new cases.

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