Measles cases have been reported in Georgia, Florida and Tennessee and, according to Alabama, health is likely to spread to Alabama.
The Centers for Disease Control said 626 cases of measles had been reported in 22 states. with concentrated outbreaks among the unvaccinated populations of New York City and Rockland County, New York; Washington; New Jersey; Michigan; and Butte County, California.
No cases have been reported in Alabama, but the state is unlikely to escape the disease, officials said.
Curry, MD, senior vice president of population health, UAB, said Monday. "It's a very contagious and effective virus. Once used in a vulnerable population, it will spread quickly. If we have neighborhoods of people who are not vaccinated, and there is probably more than one case. "
Officials are calling on people to receive measles vaccinations, and if they are concerned, the vaccine is no longer effective blood test performed by their doctor. The vaccine is 97 percent effective against the disease.
Masles was ruled out of the US in 2000 nearly 40 years after the first live vaccine vaccine was approved. In the decade before vaccinations, an average of 549,000 measles cases and 495 measles deaths per year were reported in the US.
Since 2000, the annual number of cases has been between 37 (2004) and 667 (201
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