As of April 2019, the measles are prominent in the United States once again, and are worse than they have ever been. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), from January 1 to April 4 of 2019, there have been 465 reported cases of the measles. There have been 78 more cases since the week of April 1, and the total number of cases in 2019 is 70 percent of the total amount of reported cases in 2014, which stands at 667.
As a result of this measles outbreak, New York has declared a health emergency. In Jewish communities in Brooklyn, New York City officials have been trying to encourage residents to receive the vaccine, but to no avail. Anti-vaccine movements were being implemented by the residents, and they refused to get medicated for the measles disease. The city officials even attempted to take harsh measures by banning students from school who had not been vaccinated, but they still refused. After being unable to reach the public with their movement involving the Jewish community, the state decided to take more drastic measures.
The Mayor of Brooklyn has now decided to declare a health emergency following the 78 recent reported outbreaks. He stated that anyone who has not, and refuses to, receive the vaccine would be placed under a violation, and would possibly receive fines of up to $1,000.
Though states like New York have an extremely high number of measles outbreaks, other states are relatively low. California, for example, has a reported 17 cases, New Jersey reported 12, and Illinois only has seven reported cases. However, these numbers add up across the U.S., considering that the measles kills two to three children per 1,000 cases. The symptoms for the measles may not always be alarming, but a combination of them is a giveaway that a child may have the disease. These symptoms may include: High fever, cough, runny nose, red and watery eyes, white spots on inner cheeks, gums and roof of the mouth, or a rash that is red, raised, blotchy and usually starts on the face.
Since more people are refusing to be vaccinated, the number of people who become ill from the measles are drastically increasing. However, measures are being taken to eradicate the disease.
According to the Mayo Clinic, “There’s no specific treatment for an established measles infection.” There are, however, tips that are given to help reduce the symptoms of the disease in the event that a person may get the measles. These tips include home remedies, such as taking it easy, sipping something to drink, seeking respiratory relief, and eye rest.
Written by Trinity Oglesby
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