Measles Cases Continuing to Spread Across US, Health Officials Urging Vaccination

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"It's just a matter of where it is and that's why we say to call ahead just to make sure that where you want to go has it available".

People are considered immune if they have received two doses of MMR vaccine, have had a measles illness previously, or were born before 1969.

Health officials in Jefferson County are trying to find people who may have come in contact with a person there who has caught measles.

Authorities have confirmed having 25 cases of the disease in the Canterbury region. Since Jan. 1, Public Health has identified 70 confirmed cases and is now investigating two suspect cases.

"The resurgence of measles is of serious concern, with extended outbreaks occurring across regions, and particularly in countries that had achieved, or were close to achieving measles elimination", said Dr Soumya Swaminathan, Deputy Director General for Programmes at WHO.

"Given their higher risk, our focus over the short term is to provide MMR immunisations to those under 29 years who are not fully vaccinated", Pink said.

For every 1,000 children who get measles, one or two will die.

Some are utilizing the exemptions in Huron County, where the overall MMR vaccination rates for the locally documented incoming kindergartners is almost 7 percent lower than the state average.

Public Health is not providing any additional information about the two cases with one dose of MMR in order to protect the patients' privacy.

Widespread immunization all but eliminated measles from the United States by the year 2000. Some are convinced that vaccine causes autism and other health issues - something that has been disproven over and over again by several studies.

It said the number of other contacts would be extensive and impossible to trace.

In a statement, the Canterbury District of Health said "It can now be assumed that measles is circulating widely in our community".

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