The states of Washington and New York are experiencing the worst measles epidemics for decades, according to media reports. Officials say the failure to vaccinate children is responsible for the resurgence of the disease, which was eradicated in the United States in 2000.
As of January 29, there were 37 confirmed cases of measles in the state of Washington – 36 in Clark County and one in King County – according to the report. Department of Health Washington State. The King County patient is located in Seattle and reportedly exposed to measles in Clark County.
In New York State, 209 cases have occurred since October. as reported by CNN. As of January 29, 64 confirmed cases of measles had been reported in the Orthodox Jewish community of Brooklyn, according to the health department of New York City. In Brooklyn, Borough Park has 37 confirmed measles cases, including one last week. Bensonhurst and Midwood / Marine Park each have a confirmed case; no new cases have been reported since November 2018. Williamsburg has 25 confirmed cases, with a new case last week.
The first child to have contracted measles in Brooklyn was not vaccinated and became ill during a visit to Israel, which is currently experiencing a major epidemic. Other unvaccinated children from Brooklyn traveled to Israel and contracted measles during their stay. Some children did not visit Israel and contracted measles in Brooklyn and Rockland County, New York.
Those planning to visit Israel should be vaccinated with the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine at least two weeks before departure, according to the health department. People who have traveled to Israel and develop fever, cough, red eyes, runny nose and rashes should contact their doctor. Except in case of medical emergency, people should call their health care provider before going to see them, so that staff can take precautions to avoid exposing other patients. .
In the state of Washington, where the state of emergency was declared, 23 confirmed cases and two suspected cases have been reported On January 22, Clark County, Washington, is near Portland, Oregon, home to large numbers of unvaccinated people.
In the state of Washington, Clark County has set up a direct phone line (360-397-8021) that locals can call for any questions relating to the investigation or possible exposure to the measles.