U.S. records 1000th case of measles, officials blame misinformation for outbreak

Maricruz Casares
Junio 8, 2019

Today, it was announced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that the number of measles cases nationwide so far in 2019 was 1,001. Most are from outbreaks in NY in Orthodox Jewish communities. According to the agency, it is the highest number of measles cases reported in the country in 27 years.

The disease's resurgence can mostly be traced back to un- or under-vaccinated travelers who brought the infection back with them from overseas - that's what happened previous year when cases were reported throughout the country, originating from the Philippines, Israel and Ukraine.

The number of measles cases in the United States surpassed 1,000 Wednesday, a milestone Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar called "troubling". This year, which is barely half over, has the greatest number of cases in a single year in almost three decades.

Cases have been reported in more than half of USA states.

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The HHS statement enumerated several steps the CDC has taken to respond to the current situation, including implementing Incident Management Structure (IMS) within the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, reinforced guidelines for the recognition and prevention of measles to healthcare providers, and developing strategies to address vaccine hesitancy.

Measles is one of the most highly contagious diseases in existence, spreading through coughing and sneezing, and can linger in the air for up to two hours.

Once a person has measles, about 90% of close contacts who are susceptible to it will develop the disease. This is an increase of 20 cases from the CDC's last official update of 981 confirmed cases in 26 states on Monday, June 3. Local outbreaks begin when the highly contagious illness spreads to those who are not immune to the virus due to a lack of vaccination. "CDC will continue working with public health responders across our nation to bring this outbreak to an end", he said in a statement.

Nevertheless, Morse characterized this outbreak as a "remarkable setback" for the U.S.in terms of measles elimination. According to him, people should talk to their doctor about the type of vaccines that can protect them from measles.

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