The United States recorded 60 new measles cases last week, taking confirmed cases for the year to 940, the worst outbreak since 1994 and since measles was declared eliminated in 2000, federal health officials said on Monday. "CDC will continue working with public health responders across our nation to bring this outbreak to an end". "Availability and widespread use of a safe and highly effective measles vaccine, and a strong public health infrastructure to detect and contain measles".
However, outbreaks in New York City and Rockland County, New York have continued for almost 7 months.
Measles is considered eliminated when there is an absence of continuous disease transmission for 12 months or more in a specific geographic area, according to the CDC.
The number of measles cases reported in the first five months of 2019 has now surpassed every year since 1994, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Thursday.
Last year's cases of measles in NY and New Jersey-states with reported outbreak in 2018-primarily occurred among unvaccinated individuals in Orthodox Jewish communities.
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The disease's resurgence can mostly be traced back to un- or under-vaccinated travelers who brought the infection back with them from overseas - that's what happened a year ago when cases were reported throughout the country, originating from the Philippines, Israel and Ukraine.
Of the states reporting, OH had the second highest number of unvaccinated students.
CDC Director Robert Redfield emphasized in a statement that the way to end the massive outbreak is to ensure that all adults and children get vaccinated. He continued, "Your decision to vaccinate will protect your family's health and your community's well-being".
The CDC encourages parents with questions about measles vaccine to consult with their child's pediatrician.