Global measles cases 'up 300% year-on-year'

16 April, 2019, 04:08 | Author: Kara Nash
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It said the number of measles cases worldwide rose to 112,163 against the same period previous year, citing provisional data.

Measles isn't just rising in the United States. "Many countries are in the midst of sizeable measles outbreaks, with all regions of the world experiencing sustained rises in cases", the WHO added.

The number of measles cases reported worldwide in the first three months of 2019 has tripled compared with the same time previous year, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

The agency noted that only about one in 10 actual measles cases were reported, meaning the early trends for 2019 were likely to underestimate the severity of the outbreaks. But when an worldwide traveler exposed to measles overseas brings the disease into the country, pockets of unvaccinated communities within the USA enable the disease to spread. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the US has been experiencing its second-worst measles outbreak since the highly contagious and risky disease was declared eliminated in 2000. Despite the ongoing outbreaks in communities across the United States, measles is still considered eliminated, which means it is not being continuously transmitted in this country.

The CDC recommends that all children get two doses of measles vaccine.

Global coverage for the second dose is only 67 per cent.

New York City is grappling with a measles outbreak.


Video: Despite the massive evidence, the anti-vaccination movement is gaining strength. "This should not happen", said Dr. William Schaffner, medical director of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases and an adviser to the CDC on vaccines.

There have also been cases in California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, Oregon, Texas and Washington.

In response to recent measles outbreaks, calls have mounted in several countries to make immunisation mandatory.

When pressed as to how many fines were issued, Barbot said she did not know at the time.

"There is insufficient evidence of a measles epidemic or risky outbreak to justify the respondents' extraordinary measures, including forced vaccination", said the lawsuit, identifying the parents only by their initials.

Another outbreak has hit Orthodox Jewish families in New York's Rockland County.

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