The number of cases of measles this year in the United States is nearing the total for all of last year, with five states reporting outbreaks in 2019, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
An outbreak, defined as three or more cases, has been reported in New York state, New York City, Washington, Texas, Illinois and California.
The 314 cases nationwide as of March 21 is inching closer to the 372 for all of last year.
The first case of measles in Crown Heights was confirmed by the Department of Health Tuesday afternoon, making Crown Heights the next community effected by the outbreak.
The CDC blames the outbreaks across the country on two factors: an increase in the number of travelers who bring measles back from abroad, notably Israel and Ukraine, and what it calls the “further spread of measles in U.S. communities with pockets of unvaccinated people.”
New York City Health says most of the 214 confirmed cases of measles in Brooklyn and Queens involved members of the Orthodox Jewish community. Many of the children from Orthodox Jewish families attend religious schools where vaccination rates may have been below the 95 percent threshold considered necessary to maintain immunity, according to Kaiser Health News.
NYC health says the initial case that triggered the outbreak in the area involved an unvaccinated child who picked up the disease on a visit to Israel, where a large outbreak of the disease is occurring.
In light of the confirmed case of measles in the Crown Heights area, Kāmin Health – Crown Heights Urgent Care would like to remind the public of the following:
A) Pediatric vaccines should only be given by your child’s pediatrician.
B) Adults who aren’t sure if they are immune can come into the urgent care to get their titers checked (blood test). And receive booster or vaccine if needed.
C) If you are experiencing any of the symptoms commonly associated with suspected measles case (see link below). You must call your doctor office/urgent care before walking in so that they can take proper steps to prepare treatment room etc.