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    Default Measles: two US outbreaks are blamed on low vaccination rates. Another perspective

    MERYL NASS
    22 January 2019

    Please allow me to make a few corrections and add context to Ms. Tanne's article. Endemic measles has been eradicated from the US and the whole of the western hemisphere, per the WHO.(1) It does not continually recirculate. But cases are brought into the US, or rarely occur as a clinical response to measles vaccination, (2) multiple times each year. (3) The US averages about 250 reported cases annually.
    There have been only 3 deaths from measles in the US since 2000: one in a 75 year old male who was exposed in Israel; one in a 13 year old immunosuppressed male who had received a bone marrow transplant 3 months premortem, who lacked any identified exposure to a measles case; and one in an immunosuppressed woman with multiple comorbidities. Whether any of these deaths was caused by a vaccine strain is unknown, but since vaccine strain measles can be virulent in an immunocompromised host, it is possible. (2)

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    Measles: two US outbreaks are blamed on low vaccination rates
    BMJ 2019; 364 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.l312 (Published 21 January 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;364:l312

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