2019 is proving to be an especially active year for the measles virus.
A general view of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia September 30, 2014.
Previously, the highest number of reported cases since elimination was 667 in 2014.
Arthur Caplan, professor of bioethics and founding head of the Division of Medical Ethics at New York University, said that measles outbreaks are taking place around the world, including in Madagascar, an island off the coast of Africa where 100,000 people have died.
The agency said the outbreak is linked to unvaccinated travelers returning to the US from countries where measles is still common, such as Israel, Ukraine and the Philippines, and to widespread misinformation about vaccines that has frightened a generation of parents from vaccinating their children from one of the most infectious diseases.
What is the measles virus and its symptoms? The numbers are on track to surpass the last massive US measles outbreak in 2014 in just a matter of weeks.
The Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR) vaccine has been approved in the U.S. for almost 50 years.
The DPH posting said the initial child with measles was unvaccinated and acquired measles on a visit to Israel.
The NHS recommends all children receive the MMR around their first birthday and then just before they start school.
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He urged anyone travelling overseas to not just think about getting vaccinated against contracting exotic diseases such as typhoid and cholera but also measles and influenza.
On Thursday, April 11, the person later found to have measles stopped at D & J Travel Plaza, 651 Highway 28, W, Livingston, at 2:20 p.m.to purchase food and gas.
"Measles is both very infectious, potentially serious, but so easily preventable so long as you have two doses of Measles Mumps and Rubella vaccine", Dr Shoemack said.
The United States measles vaccination program began in 1963.
Symptoms include fever, cough, runny nose, red eyes, white spots inside the mouth, and tiny red spots on the body.
Measles is spread through the air by breathing, coughing or sneezing and is highly contagious.
In January, WHO named the anti-vaccination movement among the top 10 global health threats for 2019.
The confirmed cases in NY have disproportionately affected children.
The resurgence of measles this year has hit multiple states and has spurred debate over how to stop the viral infection from spreading.
The FDA weighed in on the ongoing measles epidemic in the USA with a strongly worded statement of support for the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine. Afterward, cases and deaths from measles in the United States and other developed countries plummeted.