FILE PHOTO: One vial of the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine is on March 20, 201
(Reuters)) – The United States recorded 21 new measles cases last week, bringing the total number of cases in 30 states where the virus has hit the worst since 1992 to 1,203, health officials said Monday with.
US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that the number of highly contagious and sometimes fatal diseases had risen by 1.8% between August 8 and August 15.
In an indication that the outbreak was slowing down, the CDC has reported a smaller increase in the number of measles cases in recent weeks, compared with an increase of dozens of cases reported per week earlier this year.
According to health authorities, non-vaccination poses a risk to the public health of vulnerable individuals who can not receive the vaccine.
The disease was declared eliminated in 2000 in the United States, meaning that the disease was not continuously transmitted for a year. Nevertheless, cases of the virus occur and spread via travelers from countries where measles are common.
CDC officials warn the country not to lose its status as a measles remover if the outbreak, which began in New York in October 2018, continues until October 2019.
Gabriella Borter reporting in New York and Manas Mishra in Bengaluru; Editing by Patrick Graham and Jonathan Oatis