U.S. health officials report 41 new cases of measles

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There have been 971 cases of measles in the United States thus far in 2019, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

As of May 31, the CDC reports that there have been 981 measles cases in 26 US states, including Florida.

The CDC stated that outbreaks in New York City and Rockland County, New York, have continued for almost eight months. The 2019 outbreak, which has spread to 26 states, is the worst since 1992, when 2,126 cases were recorded.

As the count approaches 1,000, the USA is on track to lose its "elimination status", held by most developed nations in the world, to become a country where measles is active. Outbreaks, defined as three or more cases, now center in Rockland County, N.Y.; New York City; Michigan; Butte, Los Angeles and Sacramento Counties, Calif.; Georgia; Pennsylvania; Maryland and Washington. The measles, or rubeola, virus was declared eliminated in 2000. Those measles outbreaks have primarily been concentrated among Orthodox Jewish communities and among unvaccinated people.

Parents who object to mandated vaccines are very well informed and fundamentally require honesty from vaccine czars that are protecting the vaccine industry profits and not telling the whole truth about safety.

In an attempt to curb the spread of measles, officials in NY have declared public emergencies, required vaccinations in some neighborhoods and implemented bans on unvaccinated minors in Orthodox Jewish schools known as yeshivas. Still, cases of the virus occur and spread via travelers coming from countries where measles is common. That outbreak prompted lawmakers to tighten the state's vaccine exemption laws, a move other states are also considering. The research indicates more kids are injured by vaccines than from the measles, and the majority of reported measles cases are caused by the measles vaccine.

The disease has mostly affected children who have not received the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine, which confers immunity to the disease.

Federal health officials attribute this year's outbreak to United States parents who refuse to vaccinate their children. Several recent outbreaks have been linked to worldwide travelers who were infected with measles overseas and brought the disease back to the U.S. "CDC will continue working with public health responders across our nation to bring this outbreak to an end".

"Your decision to vaccinate will protect your family's health and your community's well-being", Redfield said.

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