Measles outbreak: Even President Trump is urging people to get children vaccinated

A vial of the measles mumps and rubella vaccine

Three new measles cases have been confirmed here in metro Atlanta.

"Measles is one of the most infectious agents we have in the infectious diseases pathogen world", Marrazzo explained.

The first order barred unvaccinated children from schools and other public places. "This has to change", said Commissioner of Health Dr. Patricia Ruppert.

To date, 19,279 MMR vaccinations have been given in Rockland County since the outbreak began in October 2018. "This is addressed to the school administrators and principals". "There's a great deal more from what we hear in the community", she said.

A massive measles outbreak is now happening in California, where hundreds of students at UCLA and Cal State L.A. have been quarantined because of the viral infection. In 2000, the CDC declared measles eradicated in the United States due to the invention and administration of a safe and effective vaccine, so the current rise in cases can be traced to growing rates of unvaccination.

The CDC echoed city health officials in saying this outbreak was fueled by misinformation being spread about the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine. But this year, Measles cases in the US have hit their highest number in 25 years. The measles is spread through coughing and sneezing, and the virus has the ability to live in the air for almost two hours after an infected person coughs or sneezes, thus infecting mass numbers of defenseless people in a short period of time.

The growing outbreak in pockets across the country has triggered multiple public health investigations seeking to limit exposure to measles, including quarantines at two California universities.

Washington officials said they were contending with a large number of unvaccinated kids in the "anti-vaxx" community. "I mean, it looks just like it is meant for a horse, not for a child, and we had so many instances, people that work for me, just the other day, 2 years old, attractive child went to have the vaccine and came back and a week later got a tremendous fever, got very, very sick, now is autistic". Serious complications from measles can include pneumonia or encephalitis (brain swelling), leading to blindness or deafness, and in some cases death.

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