Measles exposure sites reported in Grand Rapids


We are not sure if the case involves a child or an adult.

New York City, meanwhile, has recorded 329 measles cases, primarily in Brooklyn's Orthodox Jewish neighborhoods of Williamsburg and Borough Park.

Anyone aboard the flight should call their doctor over the phone and minimize staying in public places including schools, buses, shopping malls, etc., said Israeli health officials.

"The Ministry issued precise instructions for all passengers on the flight", El Al said in a statement to the newspaper. "A single dose of measles vaccine protects about 95 percent of children, but after two doses, nearly 100 percent are immune".

The Washington Post's Lena H. Sun reported that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that children receive two doses of the MMR vaccine - the first at 12 to 15 months of age and the second at 4 to 6 years of age. The WHO says these outbreaks are 'causing many deaths, ' with most of the victims being young children.

US public health experts have said that one dose of the MMR vaccine is about 93 percent effective at preventing measles, an extremely contagious virus that can have serious consequences - pneumonia, hearing loss, brain damage and death.

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"The reason measles is coming back is that a critical number of parents have chosen not to vaccinate their children, " said Paul Offit, director of the Vaccine Education Center at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

The health department said measles can be deadly in one to two out of every 1,000 cases.

Spikes in measles cases have been noted in countries that have high collective vaccination numbers, including the US, Thailand, and Israel, due largely to 'clusters of unvaccinated people.' In addition, a large number of countries are experiencing measles outbreaks, including Ethiopia, Sudan, Myanmar, Madagascar, the Philippines, Ukraine, Thailand, and more.

There have been 555 cases this year across 20 states. Most of the NY cases are concentrated among members of ultra-Orthodox Jewish communities.

Israel has seen an outbreak of measles in the past year, recording 3,600 cases between March 2018 and February 2019, according to the ministry. There have been fewer than 1,000 in the United States during that same span, according to CNN. And three fatalities were reported during that time - one in 2002, one in 2003 and one in 2015.

Another measles exposure has also been confirmed at the Long Beach Airport after one traveler diagnosed with the infection passed through twice, on March 30 and April 7, according to the Los Angeles Times.