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    There are a couple stories in the news about measles today alone. Measles has been a newsworthy topic recently.

    From the story below: "Measles is one of the leading causes of death for children and the WHO says about 450 die each day worldwide due to the illness. Immunize.org says complications from measles are more common among children under five years."

    https://www.foxnews.com/health/madagascar-measles-epidemic-kills-over-1200-people

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    Mothers wait to have their babies vaccinated against measles, at a health care center in Larintsena, Madagascar, on March 21, 2019. As the island nation faces its largest measles outbreak in history and cases soar well beyond 115,000. ((AP Photo/Laetitia Bezain))

    Madagascar is currently facing the largest measles outbreak in its history, as cases have grown beyond 115,000, according to AP.

    Only 58 percent of people on the main island have been vaccinated against the disease, a huge reason for its recent spread. The World Health Organization (WHO) reported the outbreak has impacted mostly children under the age of 15 since it began in September. AP says more than 1,200 people have died over the past seven months.

    “The epidemic unfortunately continues to expand in size, though at a slower pace than a month ago," Dr. Dossou Vincent Sodjinou, a WHO epidemiologist in Madagascar, told AP.

    Measles is a contagious virus that spreads through the air via coughing and sneezing. Symptoms including a high fever, rash, stuffy nose, reddened eyes and the Mayo Clinic says it usually takes 10-14 days after exposure to see them.

    Some waiting rooms have been full as volunteer nurses try to help out with the demand of sick patients. AP reported that 50 percent of children in Madagascar are malnourished due to economic reasons, a major reason for the epidemic. Many parents aren’t aware that vaccines are free because the area lacks health information.

    “Malnutrition is the bed of measles,” Sodjinou exclaimed to AP.

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    A volunteer nurse examines 6-moth-old Sarobidy, who is infected with measles, while her mother Nifaliana Razaijafisoa looks on, at a health care center in Larintsena, Madagascar, on March 21, 2019. The island nation faces its largest measles outbreak in history and cases soar well beyond 115,000. (AP Photo/Laetitia Bezain)

    Measles is one of the leading causes of death for children and the WHO says about 450 die each day worldwide due to the illness. Immunize.org says complications from measles are more common among children under five years.

    Due to misinformation by anti-vaxxers, measles cases are rising in the United States. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio declared a public health emergency last week, requiring unvaccinated individuals living in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, to receive the measles vaccine. He said the city would issue violations and possibly fines of $1,000 for those who did not comply.

    The disease was thought to be eliminated in the U.S. in 2000, but there have been 19 states that have reported measles cases this year alone. Those states include: Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Texas and Washington.

    In 2016, the total number of measles cases in the U.S. was 86 according to the CDC. In just four months this year, the cases have grown to 465. This is the second greatest number of cases reported in the U.S. since measles was eliminated in 2000. The first occurred in 2014 due to a single outbreak that 338 people were connected to. It's never been this widespread.

    NEARLY 1,000 MADAGASCAR CHILDREN DEAD OF MEASLES SINCE OCTOBER: WHO

    According to the CDC, 25 percent of all people who get measles will be hospitalized and two out of every 1,000 will die from the disease.

    The CDC says two doses of the vaccine are 97 percent effective against the disease.

    The WHO started a vaccination campaign in Madagascar last month with the plan of reaching 7.2 million children between the ages of 6 months to 9 years. Madagascar’s health ministry has sent free medications to areas that have been impacted most by the disease.

    David Aaro is a Freelance Reporter at Fox News Digital based in New York City.
     
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    https://www.thisisinsider.com/why-m...09nRP2-wLXZ1knZ3WqUOA2-ErusChjAafH94xxOKGHqzA

    Parents have been holding dangerous 'measles parties' in New York City to expose unvaccinated kids to the disease
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    285 people in a Brooklyn neighborhood were infected with measles.
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    • On Tuesday, New York City officials declared a public health crisis after finding 285 people in a Brooklyn neighborhood were infected with measles.
    • Upon inspection of the outbreak, they found large groups of unvaccinated children and communities with extensive anti-vaccine campaigns.
    • During a press conference, officials also said they received reports of New York City parents hosting "measles parties" to infect their unvaccinated children with the disease and help them get it over with.
    • Doing so can result in serious illness and even death.
    • Visit INSIDER's homepage for more.

    On Tuesday, New York City officials declared a public health crisis after confirming 285 cases of measles in the Brooklyn-based neighborhood of Williamsburg.

    Most of the people who contracted the disease appear to have come from predominantly Orthodox Jewish communities, where large groups of children remain unvaccinated. Now, Mayor Bill de Blasio is requiring vaccinations in certain zip codes in an effort to contain the outbreak, and anyone who doesn't get the vaccine within 48 hours could be fined up to $1,000.

    But news of "measles parties," events where parents bring their unvaccinated children together to purposely help them contract the disease, are concerning public health officials. During a press conference on the measles outbreak, officials confirmed multiple reports of these gatherings, which echo other disease-related "parties" of years past.


    "Back in the day people were having parties to expose their kids to chickenpox," NYC Health Commissioner Dr. Oxiris Barbot said. "We live in a different world now ... there are serious consequences to that."

    Barbot is right. In March, Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin said hepurposefully exposed his nine unvaccinated kids to chickenpox, and he isn't alone. The chickenpox vaccine became available in 1995, but before then, these gatherings were fairly popular and considered a way to help kids "get it over with."

    These parties operate on the premise that most people who contract chickenpox once never get it again, but that doesn't make them safe.

    Whether it's with chickenpox, measles, or another infectious disease, such gatherings can have serious health implications since it's impossible to predict how severe a person's reaction to the disease will be.

    "Some kids will just get a few [chickenpox], some will die. You just don't know, so we vaccinate everyone [we can]," pediatrician Dr. Natasha Burgert previously told INSIDER. She also called the practice of infectious disease parties a "gamble."

    The best way to prevent infectious diseases including measles is with a vaccine. Currently, the measles or MMR vaccine protects against the mumps, measles, and rubella and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends children get their first dose of the vaccine when they are between 12 and 15 months old. The vaccine is administered in two doses, and the second one is recommended when a child is between 4 and 6 years old.

    According to the CDC, two doses of the vaccine are around 97% effective at preventing measles, while one dose is around 93% effective. There is also a vaccine available to protect against the three aforementioned diseases as well as chickenpox.

    "Widespread use of measles vaccine has led to a greater than 99% reduction in measles cases compared with the pre-vaccine era," the CDC wrote on its website.
     
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    Disease parties are dangerous? Really? And the vaccinations aren't?
     
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    I wonder if people used to do this? I think some did? (Expose their children)
     
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    Yep, they did. My mother is one who took her son to those.
     
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    I remember the Dr and stuff on tv talking about the measles like it was chickenpox. Don't pick at the sores, stay in bed and take meds for the fever. No big deal.
     
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    I think we're having a problem because of all the illegals coming in. California has mandatory vaccines on everything or a child can't attend public school. No waivers. Out of my 5 children, 2 had it. the other 3 never got it. It's difficult to get these illnesses if someone is a baby, has immune system problems, or it old. So, exposing when they are younger and healthy isn't a bad idea. Most children in the area I live in are fully immunized because most children are getting WIC or welfare subsidies, and it is required to get immunizations to get govt money. I believe it's up to the parent. It's their child, not the governments, not the villages. Our school will accept a notarized waiver for missing immunizations. I have a son who is strongly against immunizations, even for his dogs. I have a daughter finishing her MD in pharmacy who is strongly for it. Makes for interesting dinner conversation.
     

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