Anti-vax moms sue NYC as USA heads toward record measles spread

17 April, 2019, 13:07 | Author: Denise Dawson
  • A doctor preparing to give a shot

The World Health Organisation said, 'Preliminary global data shows that reported cases rose by 300% in the first three months of 2019, compared to the same period in 2018.

While easily preventable with a vaccine, measles is highly contagious and can be unsafe, especially for small children. This follows consecutive increases over the past two years. They said it indicated a "a clear trend", with all regions of the world seeing outbreaks, with African countries facing the most dramatic rise - up 700 percent.

Other states reporting measles cases this year include Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Oregon, Texas and Washington.

The Washington Post reported last week that New York City has had 285 cases of measles since the outbreak began in October.

Cases have also been recorded across the country, including in Washington state, New Jersey, California and MI, bringing the total number to over 550.

As the number of confirmed measles cases in NY continues to tick up, one county is determined to stem the spread of the disease by keeping it out of public spaces. When more than five cases of measles are reported in a place in a short span of time, it is considered an outbreak.

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio had declared a public health emergency April 9 for parts of Brooklyn's Williamsburg section because of a measles outbreak prevalent in the Orthodox Jewish community, USA Today previously reported. In 2000, health officials announced that they had rid the country of measles.

But the so-called anti-vax movement - driven by fraudulent claims linking the MMR vaccine against measles, mumps and rubella, and a risk of autism in children - has gained traction. And, yes, the reality is: if people don't get their act together and seriously consider the implications of not immunising themselves and their children, we could face a situation where measles quite literally catch on.

Calls have mounted in several countries to make measles vaccinations mandatory, including in Germany.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 555 cases from January 1 to April 11.

The Department of Health threatened to fine or even close yeshivas in Williamsburg if students who are not vaccinated against measles are allowed to attend classes. In about 1 in 1,000 cases, the infection becomes life-threatening. "But we'll see. Measles is really infectious". The only year where there were more cases was in 2014 when there were 667 reported cases over the entire year. And the European Union is tallying about a thousand cases a month.

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