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Officials Threaten Using Rare Travel Ban to Fight Spread of Measles

Officials Threaten Using Rare Travel Ban to Fight Spread of Measles

While this case turned out to be a false-alarm, Chan urges everyone to check their vaccination status, noting that measles rates nationwide are as high as they've been in 25 years.

The CDC and the Department of Homeland Security jointly developed the Do Not Board list in 2007 to prevent individuals with diseases posing a serious public health risk from traveling by air.

Another factor contributing to the outbreaks was the failing system of vaccination both domestically as well as globally, fueled partially by a growing anti-vaccine movement, whose supporters believe the MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccine causes autism and other health complications. After a second dose the level of protection is around 99 per cent.

Mumps cases almost tripled to 795 compared to the 275 during the same period past year, with no new cases of rubella reported. As measles is highly infectious, anyone who has not received 2 doses of MMR vaccine is at risk, particularly unvaccinated people travelling to countries where there are now large outbreaks of measles.

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

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.

Additionally this quarter, 795 cases of mumps were also confirmed, which is more than in the entirety of 2018.

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The US is experiencing its worst measles outbreak in decades even though it eradicated the highly infectious disease in 2000, according to the CDC.

Those over 50 are considered immune as the disease was widespread in childhood, according to the public health service. The virus can stay in a room for up to two hours after an infected person leaves.

"Of most concern are people who have not been vaccinated, pregnant women and immunocompromised individuals", the health department said in a statement.

There's also some misinformation going around about MMR boosters.

Mumps cases almost tripled to 795 compared to the 275 during the same period previous year, with no new cases of rubella reported.

In fact, as per latest data available on the CDC website, 2019 has saw 880 cases of measles till May 17.

Cetron said the best way to for anyone to protect themselves and others from measles while traveling or any time is to get an MMR vaccine. If someone with measles coughs or sneezes, the virus lives in that airspace for up to two hours.


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