Measles cases rise by 300 percent as anti-vaccination campaigns spread

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The third cluster includes two men in their 20s who work at a central Taiwan hospital where several cases have been reported, the CDC said, adding that a total of 10 cases associated with the cluster have been confirmed.

To get information out to the Orthodox community, health officials used its internal messaging system known as a calling post. "You're not just protecting yourself with a vaccination". The outbreak has spread primarily throughout the Orthodox Jewish Community, where vaccination rates tend to be lower and anti-vaccination literature has spread. The measles vaccine is included in the measles-mumps-rubella, or MMR, vaccine, which has become a target of people who believe it is unnatural or unsafe, contrary to widely accepted science.

Despite these two new stricter orders, parents who live nearby say they're anxious their kids still aren't protected from children who have been exposed to the virus or aren't vaccinated.

In efforts to avoid that, local health departments have taken rather dramatic measures to stymie disease spread.

A public health emergency has also been declared in areas of NY, ordering all residents to be vaccinated or face a fine.

Measles can lead to severe complications, including pneumonia or encephalitis.

On April 12, the CDC issued its latest update (www.cdc.gov) on measles cases and outbreaks in the United States in 2019.

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-Measles can spread when it reaches a community in the US where groups of people are unvaccinated. The outbreak began seven months ago when health officials announced a child visiting Israel resulted in six children diagnosed with the disease.

This, the United Nations said is the most dramatic cases in the history of the epidemic, which has weakened vaccination coverage in other regions. Australia earlier this month launched a major education campaign to encourage residents to get vaccinated.

"There are a fair number of nonimmunized or under-immunized adults", said Faust, the medical officer.

However people born before January 1969 are likely to be immune and do not need measles immunisation. And then we have a situation now with a growing number of people who haven't been vaccinated against measles, so there is this potential for a highly contagious virus spreading.

As of April 5, there have been 15 confirmed cases of measles in Texas.

The U.S. outbreak is part of a worldwide rise.

At a press conference, Dr. Barbot said the school will not be allowed to reopen until it convinces the department it is able to consistently keep those who have contracted measles out of school. In many states, however, people have been taking advantage of religious and philosophical exemptions to opt out of vaccinating their children.

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