US Seeing Largest Measles Outbreak Since 2000 — CDC

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The CDC will again update its measles figures Monday. That beats the previous high of 667 in 2014.

Now, the CDC says, you may need a booster to protect yourself.

Common symptoms of measles include fever, cough, runny nose and irritated eyes.

A sign warns people of measles in an ultra-Orthodox Jewish community in Williamsburg, the center of the outbreak, on April 19, 2019 in New York City.

The easiest way to prevent measles is to be vaccinated against the disease.

It found 20 countries in sub-Saharan Africa had not introduced a second dose, putting more than 17 million infants a year at a greater risk of getting measles as a child.

Among the new outbreaks is one in Los Angeles County, where the health department tweeted Wednesday that it now has five confirmed cases. Among those who are unvaccinated, it may be because of personal beliefs and medical reasons.

In the past, one dose was advocated compared with two shots doctors recommend for children today.

Of those 626 cases, 487 were in people 19 and younger.

The measles outbreak originated from people traveling to Israel, the United Kingdom and Ukraine, according to the Health Department. The New York outbreaks are among the largest and longest lasting since 2000.

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It comes as NHS chief Simon Stevens warned measles cases had nearly quadrupled in England in just one year and urged families to get the vaccine.

The graphic below, provided by Statista, illustrates the number of reported measles cases in the USA since 2010.

The graphic below, provided by Statista, illustrates the number of children not vaccinated for measles in the US compared to other developed countries.

The measles vaccine first became available in 1963, and for a few years there were two different vaccines.

"It's important that parents ensure that their children receive their free routine MMR immunisations on time at 15 months and 4 years of age".

"These cases are stark reminders of why New Yorkers must get vaccinated against the measles as soon as possible".

Tens of thousands of cases have been reported in Africa and Europe.

The number of measles cases in the US this year is expected to surpass 2014, when the country had its highest number of cases since the measles was thought to have been eliminated in the USA may already have surpassed that count. That's more than the 667 cases reported in 2014, when one large outbreak primarily among unvaccinated people in Amish communities in OH accounted for more than half of the cases that year.

Almost all were completely unvaccinated, though some had one dose of the vaccine, which is 93 percent effective. Two doses are about 97% effective.

Unicef said the rates reflected "lack of access, poor health systems, complacency, and in some cases fear or scepticism about vaccines". These are usually mild and go away on their own, but there is a "remote chance" of side effects and even serious injuries.

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