32 cases of measles confirmed in Greater Manchester

2 Calif. residents contract measles from passenger on flight to San Francisco

2 Calif. residents contract measles from passenger on flight to San Francisco

In 2018, 82 people brought measles to the USA from other countries - the greatest number of imported cases since the measeles was virtually eliminated from the U.S.in 2000, the CDC reported.

Public Health England (PHE) has confirmed as many as 32 cases of measles across Greater Manchester. That's according to public health officials on Wednesday, who said the infected person is a resident of Santa Cruz County and likely contracted measles overseas.

The researchers, from the Statens Serum Institut in Copenhagen, Denmark, took data from a Danish population registry.

Dr. Frankovich reminds parents that "Vaccination protects not only you and your child; it protects your community as well".

Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe is based on a 1998 research by Andrew Wakefield, who also directed the documentary, alleging that the MMR vaccine causes autism. The study reported an increased incidence of autism among children vaccinated with the MMR vaccine.

"The appropriate interpretation is that there's no association whatsoever", Saad Omer, a professor of global health, epidemiology and pediatrics at Emory University, said in an interview with the Washington Post. "In an ideal world, vaccine safety research would be conducted only to evaluate scientifically grounded hypotheses, not in response to the conspiracy du jour..."

Back here at home, a local pediatrician says there's no reason to fear the Measles, Mumps and Rubella vaccine will lead to autism.

One of the study's main strengths is the large number of individuals included in the analysis.

If you are traveling outside of the USA, make sure you are vaccinated against measles before you depart. Six outbreaks are now ongoing in the USA, according to the CDC. The reported measles cases have witnessed a rising trend in recent years.

"Measles outbreaks are not uncommon in Europe and the United States, and vaccine hesitancy or avoidance has been identified as a major cause, " authors of the new study debunking Wakefield's results said.

From Jan. 1 to February 28, 2019, 206 cases of measles were reported in 11 states, from Washington to CT. It was the first US death from the disease since 2003.

The few fully vaccinated people who get measles are much more likely to have a milder illness and also less likely to spread the disease to other people, including those who can't get vaccinated because they are too young or have weakened immune systems. While the illness often begins with cold-like symptoms and a rash, infected people may fall victim to additional complications, including pneumonia and, in more severe cases, inflammation of the brain known as encephalitis and even seizures.

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