In the United States, measles is approaching the record as the disease spreads to New York
US health officials have found 71 new cases of measles last week, causing some dozens of cases to be the worst year this year since the disease was wiped out of the United States in 2000.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has affirmed 71 new cases of measles in the week prior to Friday, bringing the total to 626 cases since the beginning of the year. In 2010, the worst year ever recorded, the CDC confirmed 667 cases. Measles has already been confirmed in 22 states, the CDC said. Of the 71 new cases, 68 were in New York, including 15 in Rockland County and 53 in New York City, according to the agency. In both areas, health authorities have announced public health emergencies and are trying to vaccinate people to the earliest.
On April 9, New York City issued an order to ask residents of certain parts of Brooklyn to be vaccinated against measles, rubella, and mumps, or to receive a $ 1,000 fine. She also closed a Jewish school that refused to provide vaccination records.
Rockland County and New York City harbor large populations of Orthodox Jews, where some people refuse to vaccinate their children. Orthodox Jewish nurses try to discredit the misinformation and say that people who are against vaccination have spread to these communities.
According to the CDC, receiving the two suggested doses of the MMR vaccine is 97% efficient in preventing measles. Measles is highly transmittable and affects 90% of unvaccinated people exposed to the disease.
That is why health authorities are preparing for a slight increase after the end of Pesach, a Jewish holiday, on Saturday. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said in a statement that the MMR vaccine is safe and effective.