Measles Cases Are Rising. Here Are the States Where It ’s Becoming More Common
Measles incidence in the United States has been extremely low since the disease was declared eliminated there in 2000. But in recent years, transmission rates have doubled, according to a new research letter published in JAMA, and the researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) say it’s likely due to people not being vaccinated. From 2001 to 2015, 2,012 cases of measles were reported in the United States, and 1,789 of them were among U.S. residents. Cases were reported in 46 states, and Ohio, California, New York and Washington all reported at least 100. 70% of the people who got measles were unvaccinated, and the vaccination status was unknown for another 18%. Incidence rates were highest among babies ages 6 to 15 months, but people of all ages were affected. The overall annual incidence rate of measles in the United States, at less than one case per 1 million people, is still very low, and far lower than the worldwide numbers: 40 cases per 1 million people. But in the 15 years analyzed in the study, the incidence rate doubled, from 0.28 per million in 2001 to 0.56 per million in 2015. Although the number of measles cases fluctuated annually, the researchers noted a trend among the numbers: 10 of the 13 outbreaks with 20 or more cases occurred after 2010. The worst year in the study was 2014, in which 658 cases were reported among U.S. residents, and the incidence rate jumped to more than 2 cases per 1 million people. People who catch measle...
Cases of the vaccine-preventable disease are virtually certain to surpass the record of 667 in 2014.
Measles is a highly contagious, vaccine-preventable infection that was officially declared eradicated in the US in 2000. Yet, outbreaks continue to occur in the US. Measles cases have considerable morbidity requiring hospitalization. We sought to describe the incidence, associations, comorbidities, and outcomes of hospitalizations for measles in the US. The 2002-2012 Nationwide Inpatient Sample, containing a 20% sample of US hospitalizations, was analyzed. Measles was diagnosed using ICD9 codes (n=582).
Health officials fear Americans traveling for this weekend's religious holidays could worsen the growing measles outbreak. There are at least 555 confirmed cases in 20 states, according to the CDC, and most are said to affect school-age kids. Mola Lenghi reports.
The bill, a response to the worst measles outbreak in two decades, would make it harder for parents to opt their children out of shots.
A flight attendant has reportedly fallen into a “deep coma” after contracting measles, according to health authorities. The 43-year-old female El Al Airlines flight attendant was admitted to a hospital after coming down with a fever on March 31, CBS News reports. Her condition has worsened since then, and she now has encephalitis, or brain inflammation, and is breathing with the assistance of a respirator at Israel’s Meir Medical Center, according to CNN. Israeli health officials said the woman may have been infected with measles in New York, Israel or a flight between the two locations, both of which are...
Amid a surge in outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases such as measles, the United Nations Children ’s Fund (UNICEF) announced on Thursday a new social media campaign, emphasizing that “vaccines are safe, and they save lives”.
Trump hasn't urged more vaccinations, yet.
(NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases) In 2000, measles was declared to be eliminated in the United States. Today, the US and many other countries are experiencing outbreaks of measles because of declines in measles vaccine coverage. Without renewed focus on vaccination efforts, the disease may rebound in full force, according to a commentary in NEJM by infectious diseases experts at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and Penn State University College of Medicine's Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.
With Passover approaching, there's expected to be an increase in visitors from Brooklyn, where mandatory vaccinations were ordered last week.
United Talmudical Academy, which has around 250 kids aged three to five years old and 10 teachers, is in Williamsburg, one of the areas hardest-hit by the current measles outbreak.