Largest Outbreak of Measles in the US since 2000

Largest Outbreak of Measles in the US since 2000

The US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention has reported 695 cases of measles across 22 states in the US. As per their statement released late on Wednesday, this happens to be the greatest number of cases that have got reported in the United States since measles had got eliminated from the country back in the year 2000. The agency basically managed to attribute the increasing amount of cases mainly to few major outbreaks, which that occurred Washington, in the New York City and in New York State. The outbreaks of New York happen to be among the largest as well as the longest since 2000.

Alex Azar, Health and Human Services Secretary has stated that the rise in the cases of measles can be avoided. Measles is a childhood illness, which is quite harmful. He believes that people, in general, have the ability to protect their children as well as their communities in a safe and secure manner. Vaccinations happen to be a safe option, which can be an extremely effective solution for public health for the prevention of this disease. The vaccines fall among medical products, which have been studied quite extensively. Plus, their safety has also been established quite firmly over a number of years.

The outbreak of measles was mainly imported by those travelers, who were vaccinated and had got exposed to the disease in some other country and came back to the US with it. CDC says that it is quite difficult to keep a check on the spread of this disease once it comes up in any community that is under-vaccinated. They would release fresh numbers on the outbreak of this disease on 29th April. This forms a part of their campaign to encourage the benefits of childhood immunizations in saving lives.

Ministry Of Health Orders Israeli Airlines to Vaccinate Their Crews

Ministry Of Health Orders Israeli Airlines to Vaccinate Their Crews

The EL AI airlines of Israel has vaccinated in excess of 250 of their flight crew members against measles recently. This comes after the Health Ministry had issued orders that all local airlines must inoculate all their staff as the extremely contagious disease keeps spreading. This order from the Health Ministry came up right after a flight attendant along with a 10-year-old boy was suspected to have suffered from irreversible brain damage caused by the disease. The Ministry of Health in their directive said that as a result of the constant spread of measles and the exposure of aircrews, they recommend that all of the workers must get vaccinated.

The Ministry emphasized on the fact that the workers of the airlines must get themselves two inoculations and put stress on the aircrews that happen to come in contact with the travellers. El AI had already started vaccinating their workers after the hospitalization of their flight attendant in the state of coma. This had happened after managing to contract the disease on a flight. Unfortunately, the health condition of the hospitalized El AI worker has become worse. She is currently in a coma and has been shifted to an isolated unit. Doctors suspect that she might have suffered brain damage.

In New York too, there has been a struggle for the officials to keep the cases of people getting affected by measles under check. The Health Officials have confirmed that there are 329 cases of measles in New York City and 184 people have got affected in Rockland County since the outbreak started off in the month of October. The cases of measles in Brooklyn as well as in Rockland have been linked towards the members of the Jewish community who have travelled to Israel and remained unvaccinated.

The US CDC Links the Outbreak of Listeria to Deli Meats

The US CDC Links the Outbreak of Listeria to Deli Meats

As per the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, the outbreak of Listeria has been linked to sliced deli meats. It has made eight people sick and even led to the death of one individual. Three cases have taken place in Pennsylvania, while two each have occurred in New York and Michigan. There is even one instance of Listeria in New Jersey as well. The eight affected people from Listeria have all got hospitalized. The death of one patient has taken place in Michigan.

The interviews conducted for all the affected people went on to report that they have eaten different types and brands of products, which include meats and cheeses. They are also sliced at deli counters in different retail locations. The US CDC has not managed to identify any particular common supplier of the cheeses and deli meats. During this point in time, health officials are not issuing advice that consumers must avoid eating such products, which are prepared at delis. They are not even asking retailers to stop the sale of deli-sliced products. People who are at the highest risk of getting infected from Listeria include pregnant women, their newborns, adults who are aged 65 years or older and those who immune system is weak.

The symptoms of Listeria infection include fever, diarrhoea, fatigue, muscle pain, etc. Infections occurring at the time of pregnancy can be quite dangerous and lead to severe complications and even life-threatening infection for the newborn babies. The symptoms of invasive listeriosis usually appear within one to four weeks since having contaminated food items. To prevent this infection from affecting people, the CDC says that people must keep their kitchen clean. People must wash their hands after handling lunch meats, deli meats, deli cheeses as well as hot dogs.

Google Headquarters Was Visited By A Person Suffering From Measles

Google Headquarters Was Visited By A Person Suffering From Measles

The Health Department of Santa Clara County in California has said that a person, suffering from measles, paid a visit to the headquarters of Google in Silicon Valley. The person concerned happens to be an adult, who resides in San Mateo County. As on 10th April, California has gone on to report a total of 21 cases of measles for this year 2019. Two out of 21 cases were reported in San Mateo County, while the report of four cases had come from Santa Clara County. This has been confirmed by the California Department of Public Health.

San Mateo County Health had reported about two additional cases of measles on Wednesday. The Director of Public Health, Policy and Planning for the Health Department, Cassius Lockett in his statement said that one of those cases was an adult resident, who had visited the Google Headquarters recently. The communicable disease investigators of San Mateo County Health are following all these cases and also receiving regular updates. They are assisting them to advise all those who might well have got exposed to measles for consulting with their local health care providers. The County of Santa Clara Public Health Department worked along with Google to get in touch with individuals in the country, who might have come in touch with the person suffering from measles, while they could have been infectious.

The US Representative, Adam Schiff had written a letter to the CEO of Google, Sundar Pichai in the month of February. He had urged Pichai to address the problems related to YouTube. It was issuing messages, which went on to discourage parents from getting their children vaccinated. According to Adam Schiff, it was a direct threat to public health and clearly reversed the progress made to tackle diseases that get prevented by vaccines.

Parents File A Case Over Mandatory Order For Vaccination In New York

Parents File A Case Over Mandatory Order For Vaccination In New York

One group of five mothers, whose names have not been disclosed, are filing a case against the New York city. This forms a part of their attempt to block the vaccination order for measles, mumps, and rubella. The order for vaccination was issued earlier in the month, with specific ZIP codes in Brooklyn in the midst of a major measles outbreak. The health department of the city said that they would enforce the order by checking up records with regard to vaccination and then track down individuals who have come in contact with the affected individuals. Ones who have not received the MMR vaccine or cannot provide sufficient evidence of immunity could be slapped with a fine of $1000 if they refuse to get the vaccination.

The plaintiffs in the case filed, to stop that from occurring, have alleged that there is no sufficient evidence of any measles outbreak, which could be dangerous. Thus this order can be justified and hence called it completely capricious and arbitrary in nature. The attorney, who is representing the plaintiffs, Robert Krakow said that one of the involved families felt as if they were forced to vaccinate their two children rather than pay the fine. The lawsuit repeatedly cites the fact that the order has no merit whatsoever, which contains the claims that MMR vaccine is dangerous.

Authorities have also issued warnings related to the parties suffering from measles. They put stress on a phenomenon wherein anti-vaxxers deliberately expose children to the virus of measles, so that they can become immune. A spokesperson from the City Law Department, Nick Paolucci said that the US Supreme Court has upheld the right of states as well as localities to make vaccines mandatory towards stopping vaccines.