Worldwide measles cases triple in 2019

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- The Maryland Department of Health has confirmed the second measles case in the state, officials announced Tuesday.

The WHO report notes its data is still incomplete and provisional, estimating only around one in 10 measles cases are officially reported, suggesting the real numbers are most likely considerably higher.

The judge in the case did not sign a temporary restraining order Monday afternoon to halt the city's order.

Patrick O'Connor of the World Health Organization told The New York Times the major Ukraine outbreak may have supercharged a modest one in Israel.

The original carrier had traveled in November 2018 from Israel to Brooklyn, the familiar route by which officials believe the current outbreak came to USA soil.

World Health Organization (WHO) has raised alarm over a 300 percent increase in the case of measles globally in the first quarter of 2019 compared with previous year.

Measles cases on the rise in U.S.

The vaccine that protects against measles is the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine. Cases in NY and New Jersey occurred primarily among unvaccinated people in Orthodox Jewish communities.

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'The school will be allowed to reopen once they convince us that they are able to, on a consistent basis, keep students in school that should be in school and keep students out of school that should not be in school'.

Measles is so contagious that 90 per cent of people who aren't immunised are infected if exposed to the virus.

Five mothers in New York City have filed a lawsuit seeking to vacate orders requiring measles vaccinations for people living in ZIP codes that have seen an outbreak of the disease.

The mistaken belief can be traced back to 1998, when a doctor in the United Kingdom published a now discredited study claiming the MMR vaccine was linked to autism. The respected medical journal later retracted the publication.

According to Ars Technica, the lawsuit also cites repeatedly debunked and entirely without merit claims that the MMR vaccine is risky. "We had to take this additional action to fulfil our obligation to ensure that individuals do not continue to put the health of others at risk". "That's been proven. There is no association whatsoever between the measles vaccine and autism". "Should we wait for hundreds more people to also fall ill?"

At least 800 children have died from measles since September in Madagascar, where rampant malnutrition and a historically poor vaccine rate are driving the world's worse current outbreak.

Measles is a highly infectious viral illness that can sometimes lead to serious health complications, including infections of the lungs and brain.

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