U-of-Michigan tells students: International visitor has measles

15 Avril, 2019, 22:09 | Auteur: Yves Courtet
  • Third case of measles confirmed in Connecticut

In November it spread to Orange County, where there have been a total of 15 confirmed cases since the fall, said Orange County Deputy Commissioner of Health Chris Ericson. De Blasio has declared a public health emergency and has called for mandatory vaccinations.

The two cases included a child in Washtenaw County that was reported as the first case in that county as well as a child in Oakland County. The ZIP codes in the state of emergency include Williamsburg and Borough Park, two areas in Brooklyn.

Officials say both children had been recently vaccinated and that initial testing came back positive for measles, but that actually their vaccine had caused just a mild rash and fever - not an actual measles diagnosis.

An outbreak has also been recorded in Hong Kong, with Cross saying it was being reported in local papers over there and that even staff at the city's airport were contracting the illness.

About 100,000 Orthodox Jews live in Brooklyn. Infants are advised to get immunized prior to worldwide travel. Currently, New York's MMR vaccination rate is at 91.1 percent, below the 94 percent requirement to achieve herd immunity.

"We've worked closely with the community religious leaders and schools to make sure that vulnerable people are kept safe during this outbreak and to challenge the unsafe misinformation that is being spread by a group of anti-vaxxers", she said. "They have been spreading risky misinformation based on fake science", said Health Commissioner Oxiris Barbot.

Health officials still are urging people to get vaccinated if they haven't received the vaccine in the past.

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Recent attempts at stopping the increase of this disease have proven unsuccessful. Unvaccinated children will not be allowed to attend school, and their parents may face steep fines. This leads to cases that arise in the United States after being picked up in another country, and that quickly spread to unvaccinated people that didn't think they would ever encounter it. As of Monday, 465 individual cases of measles have been confirmed in the US across 19 states - more than the total number of cases recorded in 2015, 2016, 2017 or 2018.

There has been one confirmed case in Maryland as of Tuesday.

This latest case is not part of the current MI outbreak, but a new introduction of the virus.

The CDC says that there have been a number of measles breakouts all over the country, including states like California, New York, and, as of last week, Maryland.

People born before January 1, 1969 are likely to be immune as measles were rather common, therefore this older age group does not need measles immunisation.

"If anyone had been infectious this would have spread like wildfire among those who had not been vaccinated".

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