Measles cases up 300% worldwide in 2019, says WHO

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Countries with high numbers of infections in the past six months include Madagascar with 70,000 cases, Ukraine with 49,000, the Philippines with 8800 and Venezuela with 5700.

Measles first became a notable disease in the United States in 1921, requiring USA health care providers and laboratories to report all diagnosed cases.

"I'm obviously very concerned about the size and also acceleration of the current outbreak", said Dr. Nancy Messonier, director of the CDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases.

Measles isn't just rising in the United States. "Many countries are in the midst of sizeable measles outbreaks, with all regions of the world experiencing sustained rises in cases", WHO further said.

Measles cases worldwide rose by 300% during the first three months of 2019 compared with the same period previous year, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said, amid growing concerns over the impact of anti-vaccination campaigns.

The organisation noted that actual cases always surpass reported cases, meaning the early trends for 2019 likely underestimate the severity of the outbreaks.

States that have reported cases to CDC include NY, where there have been outbreaks in Brooklyn and Rockland County, New Jersey, Connecticut and MA.

"The disease has spread fast among clusters of unvaccinated people", it added.

"From Jan. 1 to April 11, 555 individual cases of measles have been confirmed in 20 states". Despite the ongoing outbreaks in communities across the United States, measles is still considered eliminated, which means it is not being continuously transmitted in this country.

According to the CDC, as many as one out of every 20 children with measles gets pneumonia, the most common cause of death from measles in young kids.

In January, WHO named the anti-vaccination movement among the top 10 global health threats for 2019.

Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Texas, and Washington have all reported cases of the disease.

When pressed as to how many fines were issued, Barbot said she did not know at the time.

In 2000, health officials announced that they had rid the country of measles.

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