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US measles outbreak spreads to ME, 25th state to report case

US measles outbreak spreads to ME, 25th state to report case

With measles outbreaks occurring in 24 states this year, many adults are wondering if they should get a vaccine booster.

But if you only had one measles vaccine as a child and are in a high-risk transmission setting - that means college students, healthcare personnel, worldwide travelers and people who live in a neighborhood or community that is experiencing a measles outbreak - you should get a second vaccine, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. After a second dose the level of protection is around 99 per cent.

The appeal comes on the same day new figures revealed there had been 231 confirmed cases of measles and 795 mumps cases in the first three months of 2019.

Children 12 months of age and older should receive two doses of MMR vaccine separated by at least 28 days.

"The problem is most of the time when we do contact investigations the time window for measles is narrow. we are hearing about it after the fact so [our] ability to know about cases before they travel is infrequent", Cetron said.

Although the virus was eliminated from the country in 2000, meaning the disease was no longer a constant presence, outbreaks still happen via travelers coming from countries where measles is still common, according to the CDC.

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In an effort to stem the spread of measles, New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio declared a state of emergency requiring everyone of all ages in the zip codes hit by the measles outbreaks there.

She added: "Measles can kill and it is incredibly easy to catch, especially if you are not vaccinated".

The child is now in good health. It also states that the majority of people who got measles were unvaccinated.

"Of most concern are people who have not been vaccinated, pregnant women and immunocompromised individuals", the health department said in a statement. Both locations are home to Orthodox Jewish communities that have been reporting an increasing number of cases since October. Mumps cases tend to increase every 3 years in environments with close mixing such as festivals and universities.

Adults under 50 years who have not had even one MMR dose should also get their free vaccination from their GP.

The afflicted school-aged child from Somerset County, whose measles case was confirmed on Monday, was vaccinated and had no complications while the disease ran its course, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention said. If someone with measles coughs or sneezes, the virus lives in that airspace for up to two hours.