Measles: Greater Manchester outbreak rises to 47 cases

Phillip Cunningham
April 26, 2019

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 626 individual measles cases spread across 22 states, a record high. The latest figures come less than a week after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned that the U.S. was experiencing an atypically high number of cases in multiple parts of the country.

WESTLAKE, Ohio- In just a matter of weeks the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates the US will hit a new record of measles cases.

According to the SunSentinel, a measles case was reported in both Broward County and Pinellas County. The previous record was 694 in 2014.

Confirmed cases have been found in rizona, 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 measles vaccine first became available in 1963, and for a few years there were two different vaccines.

Typically, two doses of the measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccine are required to prevent a child from contracting either disease.

Carina Blackmore, Florida's director for the Division of Disease Control and Health Protection, said Florida's measles cases are both linked to worldwide travel.

The largest outbreak is in New York City, centered in a predominantly Orthodox Jewish community in Brooklyn.

The CDC has noted that those outbreaks are linked to travelers who were infected and brought measles back from other countries, including Israel, Ukraine and the Philippines.

New York City declared a public health emergency related to a measles outbreak earlier this month, and Los Angeles County declared an outbreak on Tuesday, as five cases of measles are being investigated by county health officials.

More than half a million children in the United Kingdom were not vaccinated against measles over an eight-year period, new figures show.

According to the CDC, there are no OH cases of the measles reported, yet Heffron says it likely won't remain that way for long. The disease kills more than 100,000 people a year, most under the age of 5, according to the Mayo Clinic.

She said: "One thing is certain though: A single person with measles will be able to infect 90 other people who are not immune".

A list of 10 high-income countries, published by Unicef, shows the U.S. has the highest number of children missing out on their first dose of the vaccine.

"All Americans would be safer and healthier if we received measles vaccines on the recommended schedule", he said.

"Getting yourself and your children vaccinated against killer diseases is essential to staying healthy, and vaccine rejection is a serious and growing public health time bomb", he said.

"And if you want to believe your kid doesn't need that many shots, there's plenty of places to find people who agree with you", said Dr. Jonathan Fielding, former head of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.

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