Tenn. health department confirms first measles case of 2019

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The problem isn't limited to just the USA, however, with the World Health Organization saying in a new report that global measles cases are up 300-percent compared to the first three months of 2018.

US measles cases have surged again, and are on pace to set a record for most illnesses in 25 years.

Over the past year, the largest numbers have been in Ukraine, Madagascar and India, with each reporting more than 60,000 cases.

Health officials on Monday said 555 measles cases have been confirmed so far this year, up from 465 as of a week ago. We want to take this opportunity to reiterate the position articulated by the OU and RCA regarding the vital importance of timely vaccinations for all of our children in order to prevent the spread of disease.

She said, "We are anxious not only because measles can be severe, but it still causes over 100,000 deaths every year and it is also because it is extremely contagious". However, for infants, people with immune deficiencies, and other vulnerable populations, the consequences of a measles infection can be severe. We're well on the way to eclipsing the post-2000 high of 667 cases of 2014, when 23 outbreaks (three or more cases) were recorded including 383 cases primarily among unvaccinated Amish communities in Ohio.

"To slow down the measles outbreak in NY, government leaders have issued a "State of Emergency" in Rockland County and issued a 'Commissioner's Order", threatening to close private schools and/or issue $1,000 fines. The attendant was breathing through a respirator, reported The Times of Israel.

During an outbreak, people are advised to check and follow the measles vaccination schedules and recommendations from their local health departments. Oklahoma isn't among them, but neighboring states Texas, Missouri and Colorado are.

The measles outbreak has now spread to 20 states.

Common symptoms of this highly contagious illness include fever, cough, runny nose, conjunctivitis (red eyes) and a rash which usually appears 10 to 21 days after the exposure. Israel now recommends two doses of the MMR/MMRV (measles, mumps, rubella and varicella) vaccine, but it's not known whether the woman received the second dose.

State health officials said they are directly notifying people who may have been exposed at additional locations.

Jones says the arrival of measles was nearly inevitable and that it's very likely additional cases will surface.

"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.

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