All of these cases have now been officially linked to a NY resident who visited the area of Southeast Michigan via vehicle.
- Maryland Department of Health officials confirmed the fourth measles case in the state Friday.
The woman was vaccinated as a child but received only one dose, which is only about 93% effective. About 15% of vaccinated children fail to develop immunity from the first dose, meaning that if only 80% are fully immunised, an outbreak is likely. The problem isn't limited to just the United States, however, with the World Health Organization saying in a new report that global measles cases are up 300-percent compared to the first three months of 2018.
Measles is making a resurgence in Israel due primarily to parents not inoculating their children. The disease can be particularly severe in children - in cases that aren't fatal, there's a major potential for lifelong disability directly related to the infection.
But in recent years, amid worldwide measles outbreaks and an anti-vaccine movement - sustained, in part, by fraudulent research that purported to show a link between autism and a preservative used in vaccines - the numbers have spiked.
'We urge everyone to protect their children and their fellow New Yorkers by getting vaccinated immediately'. That's why the Alabama Department of Health says they're taking these cases so close to us in North Alabama seriously.
Infants under one year of age, pregnant women and people with weakened immune systems can get very ill with measles.
Measles is an acute, highly contagious viral disease and can spread through the air by breathing, coughing or sneezing. The city issued the order under §556 of the Charter of the City of NY, which charges the Department with controlling communicable diseases and "supervising the abatement of nuisances that affect or are likely to affect the public health". Jones says those who've been in contact with this person probably already know it because they've been personally interviewed by authorities. We will update this story as more information becomes available.