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Measles – US authority urges vaccines urgently

Washington (APA / dpa) – With the increase in the number of measles cases in the US, the CDC's health department has urged people to vaccinate. Especially young children should be protected. Since the beginning of the year through Friday, 704 cases of measles have been registered in 22 of the 50 US states, said Nancy Messonnier of the US Department of Health's CDC on Monday.

An additional increase is expected, possibly was added over the weekend, new cases. In the United States, the number of measles-related diseases is currently at its highest level since the disease was declared defeated there in 2000.

Messonnier said the increase in the US since the beginning of the year was due to measles outbreaks in Washington state and New York. The longer the outbreak continues, the greater the risk of the disease returning to the United States in the long run. In dozens of cases, those affected would have brought measles disease from other countries to the United States. Most cases concern Ukraine, Israel and the Philippines. She complained that certain religious communities in New York specifically received misinformation about vaccination, the vaccination rate was particularly low, which led to many diseases.

Agency experts have warned that measles is a dangerous and highly contagious disease. Severe complications may occur. But vaccines are simple and safe. Measles viruses can be caught by salivary droplets in the air. A few days later, a rash spreads all over the body. About one in ten patients has complications such as middle ear or pneumonia. The older the infected, the more dangerous the disease becomes. Rarely, there are also inflammation of the brain, which can be fatal.

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