Measles Cases Jump 20% in One Week

Measles Cases Jump 20% in One Week

Measles cases worldwide rose by 300% during the first three months of 2019 compared with the same period past year, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said, amid growing concerns over the impact of anti-vaccination campaigns.

- USA measles cases have surged again, and are on pace to set a record for most illnesses in 25 years.

The city hasn't revealed all the information surrounding the current outbreak, including the number of cases, the suit claims.

For the third week in a row, US health officials have added dozens of new reports to the year's list of confirmed measles cases, bringing the total to 555 - already the highest number in the past five years.

The U.S. outbreak is part of a worldwide rise.

While vaccines are required for school children across the country, nearly all states allow exemptions for families who say it's against their religious beliefs, and 17 states allow a parent to opt out for philosophical or personal reasons. This is because clusters of people are choosing not to vaccinate their children due to the spread of untrue anti-vax messages on social media.

Most of the cases have been in NY, site of an outbreak among ultra-Orthodox Jews that started in the fall. Six of the additional 44 cases are newly diagnosed, while the other 38 are recently discovered, the NY health department said.

A state judge overturned the order, but Rockland is appealing that decision.

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Measles, which is highly contagious, can be entirely prevented through a two-dose vaccine, but the World Health Organization has in recent months sounded the alarm over declining global vaccination rates.

Experts say overall vaccination rates of 90 to 95 percent are needed to provide "herd immunity", which helps keep outbreaks at bay and protect babies who are too young to be vaccinated and others who can't get the vaccine for medical reasons.

They added: "More than 20 million lives have been saved through measles vaccination since the year 2000 alone".

The mistaken belief can be traced back to 1998, when a doctor in the United Kingdom published a now discredited study claiming the MMR vaccine was linked to autism.

Measles can cause serious long-term harm, to individuals and to the economy.

The CDC recommends two doses of the measles mumps and rubella, or MMR, vaccine for children.

About one out of every 1,000 children with measles will develop swelling of the brain, which can lead to convulsions and leave the child deaf or with an intellectual disability.

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