Measles continues to surge in the U.S. It is the most massive measles epidemic in the last twenty-five years with no sign of the end. On Monday federal health officials said the outbreak had exceeded 700 cases in the current year. Experts say it is the highest level in the U.S. since the elimination of the disease in 2000. As per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 704 people have contracted with measles in 2019. New York’s Hasidic Jewish communities are the epicentre of the measles outbreak. Those communities misguide people by spreading anti-vaccination information. The act is raising difficulties for health officials who are trying to control and end the epidemic.
In order to limit the increasing number of patients, city officials have closed two schools in New York. Those schools are for Orthodox Jewish children, which are failing to follow in order to keep out unvaccinated children. It is essential to obey rules as the majority of cases have occurred in unimmunized children below the age of 18. Dr Nancy Messonnier, director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, said misguidance is the biggest problem. Continuously spreading misguidance and myths are the biggest challenges for health officials. Dr Nancy said the longer this epidemic continues, the more the chances that the disease will again get a foothold in the U.S.
Anti-vaccination information targeted particular to parents has arrived throughout Hasidic communities in Williamsburg, Rockland County, and Brooklyn, N.Y. It seems like the information has convinced some mother that the vaccines are more harmful than the disease. Besides, PEACH, an anti-vaccination community has published a 40-page book. The brochure is full of misinformation and false science about why it calls vaccines are unsafe. Reports from CDC reveal that, in the last week out of 704 cases, more than 500 people were unvaccinated. Around 66 people were admitted to hospitals, some of them have contracted with pneumonia. No death cases reported across the country.