Measles cases continue to rise dangerously. Last week, 60 new cases of measles were confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The total number of affected cases is 764 in 2019 till now which is the highest in the last 25 years. The highest record was of 667 cases of measles in the year 2014. Out of these 60 cases, 52 were from New York. So far, measles has reached 23 states in 2019. Pennsylvania confirmed its first case of measles last week. 2019 has been the worst year for measles in history, said the CDC.
In the year 2000, the US had declared measles to be eliminated. However, now, the numbers of measles cases are frightening. Currently, 2 large outbreaks are taking place in New York. 41 new cases were already confirmed and other 11 were reported in suburban Rockland County. Health officials are trying their best to control measles from spreading by urging people to get vaccinated.
Measles can be prevented with a vaccine for MMR- measles, mumps and rubella. But, it is very fast spreading contagious disease. The people who aren’t vaccinated can get affected very easily. Many parents are refusing to vaccinate their children due to a false misunderstanding in the country that measles vaccines can cause autism. The health officials say that if this measles outbreak continues for a longer time, there are higher chances that measles will once again get a foothold in the country. It will be then difficult to control deaths caused by measles.
When a person is affected by measles, he/she first gets a fever, followed by a cough or runny nose or other symptoms like sore throat, red eyes, rashes on the skin, etc. In some cases, there are chances that the patients get affected with severe health issues like brain swelling or pneumonia. These complications can easily occur in the children below 5 years or older people of age 60 and above, which makes this disease a dangerous one for them.