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Measles count in US this year already more than all of 2018

NEW YORK (AP) — The number of U.S. measles cases through the first three months of this year have surpassed the count for all of 2018, health officials say.

There have been 387 cases through March, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Monday. There were 372 last year.

The numbers are preliminary, and may change. But the 2019 tally is already the most since 2014, when 667 were reported.

This year’s numbers have been driven by outbreaks in several states, including New York, California, Illinois, Texas, and Washington.

Most people who get measles have not been vaccinated. In the U.S., most outbreaks are sparked by travelers who picked up the virus in countries where measles is more common. Nearly 83,000 people contracted measles in Europe in 2018, the highest number in a decade, according to the World Health Organization.

The measles vaccine is 97% effective, according to the CDC.

Measles is spread through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes, and it is extremely contagious.

For most people, measles is miserable but not life-threatening. The most common symptoms include fever, runny nose, cough, and a rash all over the body. However, a very small fraction of people get much sicker, and can suffer complications like pneumonia and swelling of the brain. Also, measles can cause pregnant women to deliver prematurely.

There have been three measles-related deaths reported in the U.S. since 2000, including two in 2003 and one in 2015.

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The Associated Press Health & Science Department receives support from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Department of Science Education. The AP is solely responsible for all content.

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4 comments

  • Truth

    “There have been three measles-related deaths reported in the U.S. since 2000, including two in 2003 and one in 2015.”
    And there have been at least 459 recorded cases of kids dying from the MMR vaccine. At most, 5% of vaccine injuries are actually reported so probably more than 20,000 kids have died from the vaccine. But since 1986, you can’t sue a vaccine manufacturer. Also, you’re not allowed to see the data that demonstrates vaccines are safe or effective because it’s an “industry secret.”
    If you value the health of your children, keep them far away from vaccines.

    • KT

      Thank you! The news should STOP spreading lies and cover the whole story including the VAERS side effect ( many DEATHS), insert side effects, SHEDDING of the measles vaccination, getting the measles from the measles vaccination, and the adjavents in the shot, lack of studies both short and ling term, as well as taking vitamin A and C and drinking water and you will be fine. The measles is a beging illness!!! Stop fear implanting!! There are way more risk if you get the vaccination than contracting the measles. A week off work shouldn’t make you get a shot that could turn into the same outcome from some vaccination. Plus why would the media want to spread it around by people getting the vaccination!

  • SW

    Check out the brady bunch show on measles from back in the day.

    Robert Kennedy is also someone to look into, he has lots of information worth listening too.

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