Measles case confirmed in New Mexico

Mumps and Rubella M-M-R vaccine on a countertop

Mumps and Rubella M-M-R vaccine on a countertop

The measles vaccine is 97% effective, which makes it one of the most effective vaccines. During that same 10-year period in the US, an estimated 48,000 people were hospitalized for measles each year, 1,000 suffered encephalitis (swelling of the brain) each year, and 400 to 500 died each year. Around 66 cases were reported in NY.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says it's confirmed over 830 measles cases from Jan to May 10, the greatest number reported since 1994.

The researchers focused their analysis on countries with a routine two-dose measles vaccination programme and a high primary school involvement rate, but with different demographics and vaccination histories. It is not related to the Southeast Michigan outbreak. Experts have said the United Kingdom should consider introducing compulsory measles vaccinations before children can start school.

A new study finds Wayne County is one of the top dozen counties in the country most at risk for a measles outbreak.

Outbreaks of mumps tend to occur among people that have close contact with each other like school/college and sports complex.

Not long ago, measles was thought to be a problem that was mostly solved.

Either far more people need to be vaccinated or a schools policy should be brought in, they said.

If there is a concern, a company can encourage employees to be tested to see if they are immune and to receive vaccinations if they aren't.

But it's another thing to take the kind of step Rockland County initially did, in which unvaccinated kids were placed under house arrest - not because they were infection risks, but because their parents weren't listening to public health officials, he said. Measles vaccine is the best way to prevent individuals from getting measles and to keep the disease from spreading.

'These children are today's teenagers and young adults and, although most parents are now much more confident, the children may not have been offered another chance to be vaccinated'.

Health officials have had such measures available and have been prepared to use them in case of unusual and even exotic outbreaks - like a new flu pandemic or Ebola - "but here we are implementing them for measles", he said.

To put it in perspective, in 2018 there were 372 cases, less than half the reported cases in just the first five months of 2019. It called for the Government to introduce a policy of compulsory measles vaccination in the future.

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