US reports 60 new measles cases in worst outbreak since 1994

German Health Minister Jens Spahn wants to fine parents for failing to vaccinate their children

The proposal comes as Germany reported one of the highest numbers of measles cases in Europe between March 2018 and February this year, at 651, according to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). But pockets of unvaccinated children or adults can cause flare-ups, as has recently been the case in the United States, which has over 700 cases this year in an outbreak that has not been halted.

The latest federally documented number of measles cases nationwide is 764.

Since measles is still common in many countries, unvaccinated travelers bring measles to the USA and it can spread.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks during a news conference declaring a public health emergency in parts of Brooklyn in response to a measles outbreak, requiring unvaccinated people living in the affected areas to get the vaccine or face fines, in the Orthodox Jewish community of the Williamsburg neighborhood, in Brooklyn, New York City, U.S., April 9, 2019. He said most everyone will be protected from measles by getting the recommended two doses of the MMR vaccine.

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Measles was once common but gradually became rare after a vaccination campaigns that started in the 1960s.

Sterile water is prepared for a one-dose bottle of measles, mumps and rubella virus vaccine at the Salt Lake County Health Department on April 26.

State and local officials in recent weeks have looked at new ways to fight the outbreak.

As of Thursday, there were 40 cases of measles in 12 California counties this year. And, infants ages 6 to 11 months should also receive a dose of a measles vaccine before traveling internationally, since various countries are reporting extensive measles outbreaks'.

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Minister Jens Spahn told the German weekly Bild am Sonntag that parents who can't prove their children have been vaccinated for the highly contagious and potentially deadly disease should have to pay up to €2 500 (more than R40 000). Those born before 1957 are assumed to have had measles and are therefore immune and don't need to be vaccinated.

"Once measles is in an undervaccinated community, it is hard to control the spread of disease".

"Let there be no doubt: not only are the risks of vaccination severely overblown, the benefits are just as underplayed", he said.

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