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CDC: U.S. measles cases surpass 1,000

CDC: U.S. measles cases surpass 1,000

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June 5 (UPI) -- The number of measles cases in the United States surpassed 1,000 Wednesday, a milestone Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar called "troubling." The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said 1,001 people have been sickened by the contagious disease in 2019. The agency made the announcement two days after its regular weekly outbreak update. On Monday, the CDC said 981 illnesses had been reported. "The 1,000th case of a preventable disease like measles is a troubling reminder of how important that work is to the public health of the nation," Azar said of the HHS' efforts to promote safety and vaccinations. "We cannot say this enough: Vaccines are a safe and highly effective public health tool that can prevent this disease and end the current outbreak," he ad...
CDC confirms 981 measles cases in U.S., now highest count since 1992

CDC confirms 981 measles cases in U.S., now highest count since 1992

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June 3 (UPI) -- The 981 U.S. measles cases reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday is an increase by 41 from the previous week. The count is the greatest number reported since 1992. The measles, or rubeola, virus was declared eliminated in 2000. Last week, the CDC reported 60 new cases above the previous week. Twenty-six states have reported cases to the CDC. Outbreaks, defined as three or more cases, currently center in Rockland County, N.Y.; New York City; Michigan; Butte, Los Angeles and Sacramento Counties, Calif.; Georgia; Pennsylvania; Maryland and Washington. The occurrences are largely linked to travelers who returned from countries with large measles outbreaks, including Israel, Ukraine and the Philippines, the CDC said in a statement on Monday. It a...

Oregon vaccine bill dead as US measles count soars

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Critics blasted a decision by Oregon lawmakers that killed a bill aimed at getting more children vaccinated for measles and other preventable diseases in order pass a tax on large businesses, saying it jeopardized public health. Despite passing the House and having the necessary votes in the Senate, the measure to make it harder for families to opt out of required vaccinations was nixed as part of a deal announced Monday to end a week-long Republican walkout over a multibillion school funding tax. Under the vaccination measure children would only have been be able to forgo vaccine requirements with a doctor's note, otherwise they'd be unable to attend public school. Sen. Elizabeth Steiner Hayward, a Democrat from Beaverton, Oregon, and the bill's sponsor, said the move prevents the state ...
‘Completely avoidable’ measles outbreak hits 25-year high in US

‘Completely avoidable’ measles outbreak hits 25-year high in US

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Media playback is unsupported on your device American health officials report that more than 700 people have been infected by measles this year, marking a 25-year high for the infectious disease.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Monday that cases had been recorded in 22 states and were mostly affecting unvaccinated children.Officials said the increase in cases is the largest since 1994, including 78 reported in the past week. There have been no deaths reported as as result of the outbreak. "The suffering we are seeing today is completely avoidable," US Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said on Monday.Mr Azar directed his comments at some parents who have chosen to leave their children unvaccinated due to the un...