Measles cases triple globally in 2019, says UN

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While easily preventable with a vaccine, measles is highly contagious and can be risky, especially for small children.

Sustained increases in measles cases are on the rise worldwide, and many countries are in the midst of sizeable outbreaks, causing many deaths, mostly among young children.

The WHO has said yesterday that the early trends for 2019 likely underestimated the severity of the outbreaks since only about one in 10 actual measles cases was reported.

Before the development of the measles vaccine in the 1960s, the USA recorded almost a half million cases each year, the CDC says.

-Measles is still common in many parts of the world including some countries in Europe, Asia, the Pacific, and Africa.

The UN said the disease was "entirely preventable" with the right vaccines, but global coverage of the first immunisation stage had "stalled" at 85 percent, "still short of the 95% needed to prevent outbreaks".

Both New York City and Rockland are struggling to contain a measles outbreak centered in ultra-Orthodox Jewish neighborhoods while battling lawsuits over their efforts to require vaccinations.

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(JTA) - The number of people who have contracted measles in the Detroit area because of contact with a haredi Orthodox traveler has more than doubled in the past three weeks to 39.

This means there are "many people who are adults now who only received one dose" of MMR, said Dr. Amesh Adalja, a senior scholar at The Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security in Baltimore.

In response to recent measles outbreaks, calls have mounted in several countries to make immunisation mandatory.

Meanwhile, the number of confirmed cases of measles in the United States this year has jumped by almost 20% in the week ending April 11, Reuters reported citing data from the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Last year, the disease spread through Brooklyn schools and synagogues among children who had never been vaccinated or had not had the recommended followup shot between the ages of 4 and 6 years old. Officials said the majority of cases occurred in people who are not vaccinated.

"We eliminated measles from this country in 2000, and".

In Clark County, 849 non-vaccinated students were barred from 15 schools where children had come down with measles. The website also showed that the 555 confirmed cases of measles in 2019 is more than the number of confirmed cases in 2018 (372) and 2017 (120) combined, as well as more than the total from 2010 (63), 2011 (220), 2012 (55) and 2013 (187). And the European Union is tallying about a thousand cases a month. It has not mutated to become more infectious or more risky.

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