Health delegates recorded no new cases of measles in the U.S. last week, marking the first week without a new case of the disease since January, amid an outbreak mostly related to parents who refused to vaccinate their kids.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stated Monday it had recorded 1,241 cases of the extremely contagious and often deadly disease in 31 states as of last Thursday.
The current outbreak of measles is the worst to strike the nation since 1992 when 2,126 cases had been reported and threaten to end the nation’s measles-free status.
The outbreak started in New York on Oct. 1, 2018; however, the CDC didn’t start publicly reporting weekly new cases for several months. In one week in January, the agency registered no new cases however didn’t report that data publicly, per the CDC spokesperson Kristen Nordlund.
Over 71,000 doses of MMR vaccines have been administered in the New York counties affected by the outbreak since October 2018, which is a 70% rise from the earlier year, the division stated.
The majority of U.S. measles instances this year have occurred in children who had not obtained the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine, which gives immunity to the disease.
Federal health delegates have attributed the outbreak primarily to a vocal fringe of U.S. parents who decline to vaccinate their kids since they believe, contrary to scientific proof, that ingredients in them may cause autism.
U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar informed reporters in April that the current outbreak “is avoidable” and the consequences of some people’s choice to deny the proven safety of vaccines.