More than 500 cases have already been reported in 2019 and 58 of those cases are linked to an outbreak that began last month in Washington State. "If you have an undervaccinated population and you introduce a measles case into that population, it will take off like a wildfire", Clark County Public Health Director Alan Melnick said.
Wisconsin is one of 17 states that allows parents to opt out of vaccinations because of personal beliefs.
'As I became a teenager and looked into it and decided that the evidence supported vaccines by and large, and that the evidence that they cause autism and brain damage and other misinformed statements weren't true, ' he said. In fact, vaccines are a victim of their own success; so many diseases have been eliminated or eradicated by vaccines that we no longer see the daily heartache of loved ones dying from what were common illnesses like polio, smallpox, and measles.
"God knows how I'm still alive", Lindenberger wrote in a post on Reddit in November. Other outbreaks in NY a year ago affected areas that included Orange County, but no new cases have been reported in 2019. Health officials in Texas, meanwhile, have confirmed seven cases, mostly among young children, since January 1, compared with nine confirmed cases in 2018 and just one in 2017.
In Rockland County, a suburb of New York City west of the Hudson, some 130 cases were diagnosed between September 2018 and February 6. As of Saturday, 54 cases had been confirmed. The only year with a higher case count was 2014: numerous 667 cases that year were linked to an outbreak in the Philippines, and many occurred among unvaccinated Amish communities in OH, according to the CDC.
The highly contagious virus spreads through the air and can linger for up to two hours in an isolated space. Outbreaks have occured as travelers returning home from countries, including Israel-which is experiencing its own measles outbreak-bring the disease to the US and encounter unimmunized communities and individuals.
People who have had the infection don't need to be immunized.
One of the lowest rates in the state belongs to a school in Walworth County.
"More children in the WHO European Region are being vaccinated against measles than ever before; but progress has been uneven between and within countries, leaving increasing clusters of susceptible individuals unprotected, and resulting in a record number of people affected by the virus in 2018", the United Nations agency said this week in a news release. Demand for vaccinations has skyrocketed in Clark County, Kaiser Health News reported, with requested orders of the vaccine reaching 3,150 doses in January, up from 530 in the same period past year. All 50 allow it for medical reasons. As we've seen with the measles outbreak in Washington and OR, there is a very real risk when parents buy into those half-truths, according to CBS News' Dr. Tara Narula.
"So I went to the public health department in my local town and spoke to some of the people there", he told Fox and Friends, "and they were very kind and they gave me information".