Officials investigate measles outbreak in Southern California

Officials investigate measles outbreak in Southern California

Officials investigate measles outbreak in Southern California

"Yesterday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed there have been 626 individual cases of measles diagnosed across 22 states in the US since the first of this year".

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health announced it was investigating several new reports of measles and warned that the chances of being exposed to the disease have increased in the local area. Florida's second reported measles case in 2019 is in addition to the measles case in Broward County reported in March - and adds to the total number of measles cases in the United States escalating weekly.

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.

Measles vaccinations nearly wiped out the disease from the United States in 2000.

The civic body had stated that there were 32 measle outbreaks in the city in 2018 whereas, this year, there were eight. Infected people can spread measles to others four days before the rash that characterizes the disease appears. This is the greatest number of imported cases since measles was eliminated from the 2000, according to the agency. The first dose is given when the child is between 12 and 15 months old. Just 86 cases were reported in all of 2016, 120 in 2017 and 372 past year. But these cases are not related to the Pacific Northwest outbreak that was centered in nearby Clark County in Washington. An infected person can spread measles to others even before knowing he/she has the disease-from four days before developing the measles rash through four days afterward.

Unless an exemption is claimed, children are required to be vaccinated against or show proof of acquired immunity for almost a dozen diseases - including polio, whooping cough and measles - before they can attend school or go to child care centers.

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"The measles vaccine is highly effective and very safe. Prior to the 1960's when the vaccine was introduced there were a couple million cases of measles and 400 to 500 deaths a year, thousands and thousands of hospitalizations and a thousand cases of encephalitis [inflammation of the brain]". So experts drop whatever they're working on to interview the patient and figure out everywhere they've been and everyone they've seen.

The flare-up of the disease has prompted New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) to declare a public health emergency and order mandatory vaccinations to people living in specific ZIP codes in Brooklyn.

"Because of measles' long incubation period, we know this outbreak will get worse before it gets better", NYC health commissioner Oxiris Barbot said, in a statement. The CDC recommends that children get two doses of MMR vaccine.

Free vaccines for uninsured and under-insured individuals are on offer at the county's 14 public health clinics. "Only now, especially with the anti-vaccine movement, has it become a problem", said Dr. Dana Hawkinson, an infectious disease physician with the University of Kansas Health System.

A vocal fringe of parents in the United States oppose vaccines, believing, contrary to scientific evidence, that ingredients in them can cause autism.

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