Measles in the United States has climbed to its highest level in 25 years, closing in on 700 cases this year in a resurgence largely attributed to misinformation that it is turning parents against vaccines, according to the Associated Press. The states that have reported measles cases to the CDC are: Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Texas, Tennessee and Washington.
President Donald Trump on Friday urged Americans to get vaccinated as a measles outbreak spread across the country, reaching the highest number of cases since 2000.
The health department said the best way to be protected from measles is to receive two doses of the MMR vaccine.
Officials said none of them had been vaccinated. Between Jan. 1 and Monday, April 21, the Centers for Disease Control said that there have been 626 individual cases confirmed, an increase of 71 in the past week. Ultra-Orthodox Jewish communities in Rockland County and in Brooklyn account for the majority of those cases.
Schools and daycare centers are required to exclude from classes students that have been identified as having neither a valid certificate of immunization on file for the MMR vaccines or laboratory evidence of immunity against measles, mumps and rubella, nor a valid medical or religious exemption on file.More news: Microsoft will retain MS Paint in Windows 10, for now
In the past, Trump has given some support to the anti-vaccination movement, claiming, for example, that heavy doses given to young infants may be linked to autism.
But it has been enough to set USA health authorities on edge, shining a light on a number of vulnerable communities where parents have left their children unvaccinated - many swayed by a wider "anti-vaxxer" movement which rejects the benefits of vaccinations or claims they are risky.
During a 2015 Republican primary presidential debate on CNN, Trump told CNN's Jake Tapper that he was in favor of "smaller doses (of vaccinations) over a longer period of time". "Same exact amount, but you take this little attractive baby, and you pump - I mean, it looks just like it's meant for a horse, not for a child, and we've had so many instances, people that work for me".
"I've never seen a case of measles. Why?" "Many countries are now experiencing widespread measles activity".