New York City has seen one of the strongest outbreaks as 41 of the new cases happened there.
The most widespread USA measles outbreak in a quarter-century has infected 60 new patients in the last week, raising the total number of confirmed cases to 764, federal health officials said on Monday.
The measles outbreak continued to grow this past week, with 60 new cases added to its already-astronomical total for this year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported.
The Advance previously reported that the total case count for the measles eclipsed 700 in the United States on April 26 for this year.
Federal health officials say a vocal fringe of USA parents who refuse to vaccinate their children have propelled the outbreak, which has mostly affected children who have not received the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine, which confers immunity to the disease.
2014 held the previous high of confirmed measles cases, with 667 through May 3; however, 2018′s total of 372 is the next highest over the past decade, according to the CDC.
This outbreak has escalated since 82 people in 2018 and more than 40 people in 2019 brought measles to the United States from other countries, most frequently Ukraine, Israel and the Philippines, federal officials said.
Measles is a virus that causes fever and a rash.
The MMR vaccine, which is considered extremely safe, is approximately 97 percent effective at preventing measles after two doses, according to the CDC.
The misinformation is about the safety of the measles/mumps/rubella vaccine, as some organisations are deliberately targeting these communities with inaccurate and misleading information about vaccines, according to the CDC.