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Measles Cases In The USA Continue To Rise

by | March 4, 2019

Measles cases in the USA are rising day by day…

A major outbreak of measles is continuing to spread in New York City in a community that doesn’t vaccinate for religious reasons. An Orthodox Jewish community in Brooklyn now has a reported one hundred and twenty-one cases of measles since the outbreak began back in October, with one hundred and eight cases in children under the age of eighteen.

Measles Cases In The USA Continue To Rise
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Measles Cases In The USA Continue To Rise

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Measles Cases In The USA Continue To Rise

Measles is an airborne, highly contagious, virus that is spread through coughing and sneezing. The CDC, Centers for disease control and prevention describes symptoms such as, fever, runny nose, cough, red eyes and a sore throat that is then followed by a rash. A person infected with measles will be contagious four days before the emergence of a rash and will continue to be contagious for four more days after the onset of the rash.

Because of the high vaccination rates in the United States, measles is rare, but it is seeing an uprise among unvaccinated communities. According to the NYC Department of health, the current outbreak in Brooklyn began when an unvaccinated child was infected with the virus while on a trip to Israel, where there is currently a large measles outbreak.

Brooklyn isn’t the only city in New York with a measles outbreak; there have been hundred and forty cases in Rockland County since October 2018. And worryingly measles cases in the USA continue to rise.

Across the country, the Pacific Northwest is seeing its own measles outbreak. Since the beginning of January, the CDC has reported a whopping seventy-nine cases of measles, with fifty cases alone in Washington State.

While measles can affect people of all ages, complications are more common in children under five and adults over twenty according to the CDC. Cetrain people with a weakened immune system are at an increased risk of getting a more serious case of the measles.

About one in every four people who get measles will need to be hospitalized due to complications. Reasons for hospitalizations include; severe ear infections, diarrhea, and pneumonia, the most common cause of measles-related death in children.

Other complications happen much more frequently. About one in every four people who get measles will need to be hospitalized, often because of severe ear infections, diarrhea, or pneumonia. About one in twenty children with measles get pneumonia, historically the most common cause of measles-related death in children.

About one out of every one thousand children who get measles will develop swelling of the brain (encephalitis) which can lead to convulsions and can leave the child deaf or with intellectual disability. One to two out of one thousand children who get measles will die from it.
Measles may cause a pregnant woman to give birth prematurely, or have a low-birth-weight baby.

Measles is preventable with the MMR vaccine.

Anyone who thinks that they could have been exposed to measles should see their healthcare provider.


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Julie Nealon

Associate Editor, New York USA | Contactable via Julie@raisevegan.com

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