Trump tells Americans measles vaccination 'so important'

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U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday urged Americans to protect themselves with the measles vaccination as the number of cases of the once-eradicated disease hit the highest levels in the United States since 2000. "If someone has measles, if they're in a room with unvaccinated people, nine out of 10 of those people are going to get measles".

Most of the cases have been linked to two apparently unrelated outbreaks: one centred among Orthodox Jewish communities in New York City, its suburbs and MI, and the other rooted in Washington state on the west coast. Most of those cases have been in unvaccinated people in Orthodox Jewish communities. "Not all cases are being reported, which is unfortunate".

"Massive combined inoculations to small children is the cause for big increase in autism", Trump said on Twitter in 2012. That total included 61 cases recorded in the last six days, of which two were pregnant women, the city's health department said on Wednesday.

Mr Trump has previously appeared to link vaccines and autism.

Later that year, he clarified that he isn't against vaccinations, but he felt the shots should be administered over a longer period of time. I am totally in favor of vaccines. Those who get measles are also at risk for Subacute sclerosing panencephalitis (SSPE), a very rare, but fatal disease of the central nervous system that results from a measles virus infection acquired earlier in life. "The vaccinations are so important", Mr. Trump said as he departed the White House for Indiana.

"Measles is the most contagious disease that we deal with", Morse said.

In Clark County, Washington, the disease has spiked among the Russian-speaking community after a child brought the virus back from Ukraine in December and it spread to 74 other people, mostly children, through schools, supermarkets and a bowling alley. "Many countries are now experiencing widespread measles activity".

Mikele Stanfield was working at the Hampton Bays King Kullen when the infected person was there.

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