There have been 695 cases in 22 states this year, passing the high of 667 in 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said. Dozens of patients, majority young children, have... "With almost 50 new confirmed cases in less than a month what we predicted has come true; this outbreak continues to rage despite the best efforts of our Department of Health", Day said. The cases from there are linked to an outbreak in the Orthodox community in MI. California had reported 38 measles cases as of Thursday. Dr. Karen Smith, director of the California Department of Public Health, says more than 76% of patients were not vaccinated or didn't receive the recommended two doses of vaccine.
In a 2015 presidential debate, Trump showed support for a widely debunked belief that vaccinations and autism are linked claiming to know a two year old girl who received the vaccine and then a week later was diagnosed with autism. Twenty-five years ago, 35 years ago, you look at the statistics, not even close. I am totally in favor of vaccines.
Later that year, he clarified that he isn't against vaccinations, but he felt the shots should be administered over a longer period of time.
Last month, UNICEF warned that "global cases of measles are surging to alarmingly high levels, led by 10 countries accounting for more than 74 percent of the total increase and several others that had previously been declared measles free". The agency is urging local leaders to provide accurate, scientific-based information to counter misinformation and is calling on parents to speak to their family's health care provider about the importance of vaccination. We have babies born with measles.
The start of the measles outbreak has been traced to Orthodox Jews who contracted the highly infectious disease while traveling overseas.
Measles is one of the world's most contagious viruses.
"Especially in Clinton County if we had to start excluding kids from school, people would go insane and we'd be getting calls, so I wanted to preemptively discuss this", Health Officer Marcus Cheatham noted.