New Cases Of Measles Confirmed In Georgia

A sign warning people of measles in the ultra Orthodox Jewish community of Williamsburg

The total number of measles cases has now climbed to 390 dating back to October, with an additional 31 cases in the last week.

Although the "scientific" study which raised concerns about a possible link between the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine and autism has been thoroughly debunked and retracted, the myth persists in some circles.

Jewish Orthodox nurses are trying to debunk misinformation they say people who are against vaccinations have spread through these communities. It is one of the most contagious diseases in the world and can cause serious complications, especially among young children, adults with weakened immune systems and the elderly. Medical and religious exemptions remain in place under the measure.

Roughly three-quarters of this year's illnesses in the USA have been in NY state, mainly in two ultra-Orthodox Jewish communities in Brooklyn and suburban Rockland County.

That was up from 626 reported Monday and makes this the nation's worst year for measles since 1994, with eight months still to go in 2019.

The Georgia Department of Public Health on Thursday confirmed three new cases of measles in the state. The CDC's data was current as of April 19. The state has seen 74 cases of measles this year.

Earlier this month New York's mayor declared a public health emergency in parts of Brooklyn, ordering all residents to be vaccinated to fight the measles outbreak.

The epidemic started with a few large outbreaks in Washington state and in NY state, according to the CDC. Nineteen years later, the deadly disease is making a comeback. A fine was imposed on those who did not adhere to the mandate of vaccination.

Health officials at the Leon County Health Department say measles begin with a fever, cough and runny nose then you get the rash.

But in 2019 close to 700 cases of measles have been reported from across the U.S. But these cases are not related to the Pacific Northwest outbreak that was centered in nearby Clark County in Washington. Most people who have not been immunized against measles will get it if they have contact with the virus.

The latest figures come less than a week after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned that the United States was experiencing an atypically high number of cases in multiple parts of the country.

The measles outbreaks were largely imported by unvaccinated travelers who were exposed to the disease in another country and returned to the USA where they exposed other unvaccinated people.

Most of those cases were caused by unvaccinated people bringing the disease back from overseas into an unvaccinated group, Patel said.

But if someone doesn't have written documentation of an MMR shot, they should talk with their doctor.

The Illinois Department of Public Health announced Tuesday a slate of initiatives to increase vaccination rates statewide. "With the second dose you're 97%", Storey explained.

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