There Have Been 120 Cases of Measles in 15 States This Year, Says Trinity County Public Health
This is a press release from Trinity County Health and Human Services:
TRINITY COUNTY – From January 1 to October 7, 2017, 120 people from 15 states (California, Florida, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, and Washington) and the District of Columbia were reported to have measles.
In 2016, 70 people from 16 states were reported to have measles. In 2015, 188 people from 24 states and the District of Columbia were reported to have measles. In 2014, the United States experienced a record number of measles cases, with 667 cases from 27 states reported to CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD); this is the greatest number of cases since measles elimination was documented in the U.S. in 2000.
Measles can be a serious illness in all age groups. However, children younger than 5 years of age and adults older than 20 years of age are more likely to suffer from measles complications:
• Ear infections occur in about one out of every 10 children with measles and can result in permanent hearing loss.
• Some people may suffer from severe complications, such as pneumonia (infection of the lungs) and encephalitis (swelling of the brain). They may need to be hospitalized and could die.
• As many as one out of every 20 children with measles gets pneumonia.
• About one child out of every 1,000 who get measles will develop encephalitis (swelling of the brain) that can lead to convulsions and can leave the child deaf or with intellectual disability.
• For every 1,000 children who get measles, one or two will die from it.
• Measles may cause pregnant woman to give birth prematurely, or have a low birth weight baby.
• The majority of people who got measles were unvaccinated.
• Measles is still common in many parts of the world including some countries in Europe, Asia, the Pacific and Africa.
• Travelers with measles continue to bring the disease into the U.S.
Measles can spread when it reaches a community in the U.S. where groups of people are unvaccinated. For more information, the link below will direct you to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Measles website.
Individuals are encouraged to check their MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccination status and talk to their health care provider regarding MMR vaccine.
To obtain a MMR vaccine, contact your health care provider, local health clinic, insurance plan, pharmacy or local health department.
For more information, call Trinity County Public Health at (530) 623-8209, or go to www.trinitycounty.org/hhs-ph