Listen: Measles, US And CDC discussed on WSJ What's News
"Have been five hundred fifty five reported cases of measles around the US in twenty states. The CDC reports total measles cases for the year. Every Monday last Monday, there were ninety fewer that means in in one week. There have been ninety cases, you know, if things continue like that within two weeks, this will become the the worst year. Here for measles since since the disease was officially eliminated in two thousand twenty fourteen. There were six hundred sixty seven cases so five hundred and fifty five and six hundred sixty seven or not that far apart given huffing going. That's most people are vaccinated for measles when they're pretty young. But I think a question that I've heard that has brought it up during this outbreak is m I still protected do I need a booster of some sort. If I've already been vaccinated when I was an infant. So the CDC says, no, you don't if you had to doses of the measles vaccine when you were young you are fully protected, and they say that the the vaccine has very long, you know, along duration that said, it's ninety seven percent effective, which means that three pad people out of everyone hundred for some reason aren't protected because of the, you know, even with the vaccine and you'll see that in outbreaks a few people do get the measles. Even though they are vaccinated. But ninety seven out of one hundred will be protected to turn to those who are not vaccinated. Researchers are concerned about the longer term effects on the immune system. Why is that? Well, you know, there are couple of things I there are some unknown affects of measles that happen. You know, he that when you have the disease itself or right after for example, a rare complication is in Seth Elijah's. And so that one out of every one thousand children in the US develops that. There's also some emerging research into how measles may affect the immune system longer term. These researchers believe that the virus may leave the immune system in this kind of state of 'em nesia, meaning that the body's defenses can't remember or fight off invaders that had has seen before it's sort of like wipes out the immune system for a period of time. So this is a an active area of of research right now, can you give us an update on public health officials efforts to contain this? Current outbreak here in New York City, for example, vaccinations have been mandated, but how can something like that be enforced? Yeah. It's a good question. Shen? So just to remind everybody. Most of the measles cases in the US right now are in a very large outbreak in New York City in Rockland county, just"