The strong language comes as part of a new report by the World Health Organization, which says the resurgence in preventable measles cases is one of 10 major issues it will tackle this year, putting it on par with climate change, cancer, Ebola and HIV.
Dr Jacobson adds that research shows the impact of measles may drag years after the outbreak is contained because the virus suppresses the immune system, increasing the rate of deaths from other causes. "These cases haven't happened overnight".
The agency also stressed that there were several countries, including Brazil, Colombia, Chile and Peru, that reported no measles cases in 2017 but saw the disease make a comeback a year ago.
"It is unthinkable for any children to suffer from these diseases that are, in the first place, preventable", she said.
"Early in the outbreak, it's hard to get a handle on this but, at this point, most of our recent cases a quarantine would be developed so there were a lot less public exposure sites". If someone has been coughing in a room, the germs from that person linger for hours afterwards, leaving people at risk, ' Dr Jacobson said. It is highly contagious, more so than Ebola, tuberculosis or influenza. UNICEF encouraged people to get vaccinated, and trained health monitors working in migrant shelters for Venezuelans.
Every single death by measles is preventable. Days later, the infamous red skin rash of a measles infection begins on the face and spreads downwards, covering the entire body including the palms of the hands and soles of the feet.
"Every year, unvaccinated USA residents get measles while they are overseas and bring the disease into the United States and spread it to others", says the CDC. Over 2 million children were immunized in 25 districts.
Further investigations by Community and Public Health are now underway, including contact tracing in relation to this new case and prophylactic treatment and/or isolation for anyone thought to have been exposed, but not fully immune. For example, in the United States, the number of measles cases increased six-fold between 2017 and 2018, reaching 791 cases.
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He urges all parents to have their children vaccinated.
In the USA, 159 cases of measles have been confirmed in 10 states in 2019 so far, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, while there was also a threefold increase in measles cases in the US in 2018 (372 cases) compared with 2017 (120).
"There really is no excuse now for the misinformation, the mistrust and the complacency that has crept into measles vaccination around the world".
The US Congress will hold a hearing Wednesday on the issue of vaccinating children.
Outbreaks of measles continue to be reported in North America, the United Kingdom, Europe and the Americas. Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, to build a better world for everyone.
Q: How many USA children are vulnerable?
It reports that in the 2017-2018 school year, around 95% of American kindergarteners were vaccinated against MMR, chicken pox and diphtheria, tetanus and whooping cough.