US measles cases surge nearly 20% in a week, CDC says

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Five parents have filed a lawsuit against city officials, claiming New York City's mandatory measles vaccination order last week was unjustified and in violation of their religious belief, the New York Post reported.

The United Talmudical Academy in the Haredi neighborhood of Williamsburg, Brooklyn failed to "provide access to medical and attendance records", the health department said, which made it impossible to check whether the school has been excluding staff and students who aren't vaccinated against measles.

Outbreaks have also hit Brazil, Pakistan and Yemen, "causing many deaths - mostly among young children".

Measles is a very infectious viral illness that spreads easily from person to person. Anyone who resists faces a misdemeanor charge and could be fined up to US$1,000. Almost two-thirds of all cases have been in NY, and 85% of the latest week's cases came from the state.

U.S. federal health officials said on Monday the number of confirmed cases of measles in the United States this year jumped by almost 20 per cent in the week ended April 11 - the country's second-worst outbreak in almost two decades.

Meanwhile, a group of doctors "who faithfully serve the Orthodox communities of North America", according to their website ( http://drsforvaax.org/ ) has already enlisted over 500 doctors to sign an online petition urging community members "to receive all recommended VACCINATIONS".

"We eliminated measles from this country in 2000, and".

Many of this year's cases occurred as part of ongoing measles outbreaks in several US cities, and most infected people were unvaccinated, according to the CDC.

The World Health Organisation has declared the antivax movement a global public health threat, and antivaxxers have taken much of the blame for measles' resurgence - which Ars Technica noted stands at 555 cases in 20 states so far, on track to surpass 2014's tally of 667.

Before the development of the measles vaccine in the 1960s, the US recorded almost a half million cases each year, the CDC says. Officials said the majority of cases occurred in people who are not vaccinated. There were almost 82,500 cases in European countries in 2018 and 72 deaths of children and adults, according to the World Health Organization.

Patrick O'Connor of the World Health Organization told The New York Times the major Ukraine outbreak may have supercharged a modest one in Israel. Rockland County has confirmed 186 cases.

Rockland County, meanwhile, announced new measures to combat the disease, including fines of up to $2,000 a day.

At least 800 children have died from measles since September in Madagascar, where rampant malnutrition and a historically poor vaccine rate are driving the world's worse current outbreak.

"We don't think the so-called "outbreak" has reached a level that requires the extreme response of forcing vaccinations", said Robert Krakow, a Manhattan attorney specializing in vaccine injury lawsuits.

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