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"Alarming" surge in measles cases in 98 countries, UNICEF says

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"This is a wake-up call", said UNICEF's Executive Director Henrietta H. Fore in a statement Wednesday. However, nine out of 10 unvaccinated people who are exposed to the virus will contract it, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Seven were linked to the recently reported outbreak in Donegal. It spreads through the air and infects the respiratory tract.

The hearing was also marked by a few disruptions, including some shouts from the audience when Fauci, responding to a question, said that the measles vaccine couldn't cause encephalitis. It said the disease can lead to pneumonia (one out of 20 children with measles), brain damage or deafness (one out of 1,000), or death (one or two out of 1,000). "Yeah, in third-world countries they're dying of measles", Zedler said, according to reports.

Data shows the vast majority of these confirmed cases are in Rockland County, N.Y.

Last week, the Department expanded vaccination recommendations for providers serving the Orthodox Jewish community to include an early, extra dose of the MMR vaccine for children between the ages of 6 months to 11 months who live in Williamsburg and Borough Park. "As a result, people may have been vaccinated, but they may not have immunity", he told WJW.

The majority of the cases has mainly affected the Orthodox Jewish community in New Square, Spring Valley, and Monsey, health officials said.

Illinois: Eight cases were reported in two locations; six at Crystal Lake church and two at the McHenry County Correctional Facility.

"Unfortunately, measles cases are on the rise as a outcome of the virus's transmission among unvaccinated groups", they added. A full course (two shots) of the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine is about 97% effective at preventing the disease, while one shot is about 93% effective. This is nothing new - the benefits of vaccines in eliminating diseases have been known to far outweigh their risks.

The scientific consensus about any risk from vaccines is that serious side effects are extremely rare.

Nandy said these findings are "absolutely" a cause for worry.

This case is unrelated to the current outbreak that has affected 73 people in OR and Washington.

With the recent rise in measles cases here in Canada and overseas, the World Health Organization (WHO) is now calling anti-vaxxers one of the 10 greatest threats to global health for 2019. Ten countries account for more than 74 percent of the total increase, and the disease has reemerged in several nations that had previously been declared measles-free.

Ong-Lim said that healthcare workers should reassure the population that vaccines are safe interventions against vaccine-preventable diseases.

This leaves not only those unvaccinated school children vulnerable to the virus but also many adults who have suppressed immune systems and infants who are not old enough to be vaccinated.

Washington and OR are among 10 states to confirm cases of measles in 2019, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.