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I recently reported that 15 states have now officially reported cases of the measles to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The outbreak is the second highest in number since 2014.
Now, 19 states have reported cases, with a total of 465 infected, mostly school-age children.
Florida - Indiana - Massachusetts - Nevada - Cases
Florida, Indiana, Massachusetts and Nevada reported their first cases of measles this year, bringing the total number of states reporting cases to 19. The other states that have reported measles cases this year are Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Texas and Washington.
The total number of measles cases nationwide this year “is the second-greatest number of cases reported in the U.S. since measles was eliminated in 2000,” the CDC says. That threshold was reached last week when the national total for the year surpassed last year’s total of 372. The largest outbreak was in 2014, when there were 667 cases reported nationwide due to several large outbreaks.
Spread - Disease - New - York - City
The spread of the highly contagious disease has led New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio to declare a public health emergency and order mandatory vaccinations in several neighborhoods.
The order applies to anyone living, working or going to school in four zip codes in Williamsburg and requires all non-vaccinated people who may have been exposed receive the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, including all children over 6 months old.
Those zip codes are 11205, 11206, 11221 and 11249.
Under the mandatory vaccinations, members of the city’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene will check the vaccination records of any person who may have been in contact with infected patients. The city can’t legally physically force someone to get a vaccination, but those who have not received the MMR vaccine or do not have evidence of immunity may be given...
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