Measles Cases Top 800 in U.S.

Measles Cases Top 800 in U.S.

This is the greatest number of cases reported in the USA since 1994 and since measles was declared eliminated in 2000. Brooklyn and Rockland, New York; Oakland, Michigan; and Clark County, Washington, located in southern part of the state, were among the hardest hit.

"Three outbreaks in New York state, New York City and New Jersey, respectively, contributed to most of the cases", the CDC said in an update Monday".

That's up from 764 cases reported last week, when officials said the outbreak had reached a level not seen in the U.S.in 25 years. Years later, one of Dr. Forman's patients died from an extremely rare complication from measles called subacute sclerosing panencephalitis. Cases in those states occurred primarily among unvaccinated people in Orthodox Jewish communities.

In response to the outbreak, New York City imposed a mandatory vaccination order for residents.

Public health officials blame the measles resurgence on the spread of misinformation about vaccines. That does not include the cases in New York City which totaled 466 as of Tuesday; 410 of those have been reported this year.

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The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has set off a state of emergency and urged residents of a neighborhood in Brooklyn to receive the vaccine or face a Dollars 1,000 fine.

According to the Rockland County Health Department, more than 20,000 doses of the MMR vaccine have been administered there since October.

To achieve herd immunity that protects those unable to get the measles vaccine, such as infants and people with compromised immune systems, 90% to 95% of the population needs to be vaccinated.

The CDC recommends two doses of the MMR vaccine: the first dose for children when they are between 12 and 15 months old and the second when children are 4 to 6 years old.

The Florida Department of Health urges all residents to get at least one dose of the MMR vaccine, and recommends worldwide travelers, health workers and people with weakened immune systems get an additional dose.

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