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CDC: Measles cases in USA hit 20-year high

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  • Started 6 years ago by Vitalogy
  • Latest reply from Skybill9

  1. Vitalogy

    The USA now has the most measles cases in 20 years and the most since homegrown outbreaks were eliminated in 2000, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Thursday.

    The confirmed case count for 2014, as of May 23, was 288 and growing, the CDC says. That number includes 138 cases from Ohio, where the biggest outbreak is ongoing – and where the actual count is 166 as of Thursday, according to the state health department.

    The nationwide total is the highest for late May since 1994, when 764 cases were reported, the CDC says. It also surpasses the 220 cases reported in all of 2011, which was the most in the post-2000 era.

    "This is not the kind of record we want to break, but should be a wake-up call for travelers and for parents to make sure vaccination records are up to date," said Anne Schuchat, director of CDC's National Center for Immunizations and Respiratory Diseases. Schuchat, who spoke during a telephone news conference, said this year's outbreaks are occurring among unvaccinated clusters of people exposed to travelers bringing the measles virus back from other countries — most notably the Philippines, where a large outbreak began in October 2013.

    While measles remains officially "eliminated" in the USA — because there have been no sustained homegrown outbreaks in recent years — "this is a reminder that we cannot let our guard down," Schuchat said.

    Cases this year have been reported in 18 states and New York City. Ninety percent have been among people who have not been vaccinated or have unknown vaccination status, according to the CDC. Most of the patients report religious, philosophical or personal reasons for avoiding vaccines.

    In Ohio, all the cases so far this year have been in members of the Amish community, said Melanie Amato, public information officer for the state Department of Health. Amish missionaries brought the virus back from the Philippines, the department said.

    While vaccination rates among the Amish were low, members of those communities are lining up to get vaccinated now, Amato said. The state has shipped out more than 13,000 doses of measles, mumps and rubella vaccine to deal with the outbreak and more than 8,000 doses have been used, she said.

    Posted on May 29, 2014 - 12:47 PM #
  2. Alfredo_T

    How did those Amish missionaries travel to and from the Philippines?

    Posted on May 29, 2014 - 05:43 PM #
  3. jr_tech

    Perhaps something like this?
    Boat travel is not prohibited, and they *are* allowed to fly under special circumstances, perhaps missionary work qualifies.

    Posted on May 29, 2014 - 06:51 PM #
  4. paulwalker

    Parents choosing lack of immunizations "SHOULD" be a right. A
    "right" that is wrong. Because your choice may affect thousands or millions of other young kids. Does your selfishness affect others? I say yes. I stand beside your right to do what you want with your child, but have you ever wondered how your decisions might affect the rest of the world? -Paul, immunized properly since 1959 and still healthy today.

    Posted on May 29, 2014 - 07:00 PM #
  5. Skybill9

    "I stand beside your right to do what you want with your child..."

    Me too, but we immunized both our kids and our daughter has had our grandson immunized. I have all mine too Paul, although since 1955!

    Posted on May 29, 2014 - 07:22 PM #
  6. Vitalogy

    Anyone choosing not to immunize their children should be arrested for child abuse.

    Vaccines work. And the proof is evident in those that don't get vaccinated. They are coming down with diseases that were eliminated years ago.

    Posted on May 29, 2014 - 09:02 PM #
  7. Skybill9

    "Anyone choosing not to immunize their children should be arrested for child abuse."

    As should anyone that smokes around a child.

    Posted on May 29, 2014 - 09:18 PM #