California Measles Outbreak Over: No Deaths Reported
[Above image: classic measles rash]
California’s Disney theme park-related measles outbreak has been declared over. No deaths were reported among the 147 patients, according to the Centers for Disease Control. The vast majority of cases were contained to California.
Measles is considered a highly contagious virus spread through the air by coughs and sneezes. CDC says it starts with fever, runny nose, cough, red eyes, and sore throat and is followed by a full body rash.
From Dec. 28, 2014 to April 17, 2015: 147 people from 7 states contracted measles related to a Disney theme park in California.
The CDC says that like most measles outbreaks in the U.S., the likely source was a traveler who brought measles into the U.S. from a foreign country.
Although there was unusually large media hype as well as publicity by physicians and pundits, the California outbreak was not unusual. It was less than half the size of last year’s largest outbreak of 383 cases. There were 23 measles outbreaks in the U.S. last year. No deaths were reported among those cases, either.
Each year, there are measles outbreaks in the U.S. There are no reports of measles-related deaths reported in recent years, according to CDC.
The 2015 measles rate is, so far, below last year’s.
Why do we say measles is “eliminated” in the U.S. if there are outbreaks every year? The term “eliminated” is a bit of a misnomer. It simply means that measles is no longer “constantly” present.
The CDC says a majority of cases occur in unvaccinated people; however, a significant minority of cases occurs among those who have been vaccinated or whose vaccination status the government considers uncertain.
Besides California, there have been three other U.S. measles outbreaks this year. So far in 2015, 162 people from 19 states and the District of Columbia were reported to have measles. Most of the cases are from the California outbreak.
A majority of states have had no measles cases so far this year. Among the 19 states reporting measles, 14 had just 1 or 2 cases.
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