Pestilence Update

More than 800 cases of measles in US, with NY outbreak continuing to lead

Blog note. Jesus indicated that ‘fearful sights’ (various natural disasters) would occur leading up to the time known as the Tribulation and Great Tribulation (a combined seven year period of great destruction on earth). Although these types of things have occurred in the past for centuries and thousands of years, they could be identified as the ‘season of the times’ due to the ferociousness of these events. They would be occurring in greater intensity, severity, frequency, size, duration, scope … just like the pains that a woman experiences in labor the farther along she is in the labor process. We are in the ‘season of the times’ that comes just before the seven (7) year Tribulation/Great Tribulation period
… And great earthquakes shall be in diverse places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven. (Luke 21:11).
… And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; (Luke 21:25)
… Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken; (Luke 21:26)
… This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. (2 Timothy 3:1)
Jesus is giving a series of prophecies about what to look for as the age of grace comes to a close. These verses are several of many such prophecies from throughout the Bible. 2017 was the worst year in recorded history for the intensity, frequency, severity, duration and occurrence of a large number of severe natural disasters worldwide. Earthquakes, volcanoes, hurricanes, typhoons, cyclones, torrential flooding, unprecedented wildfires in unusual places, devastating droughts, excessive/scorching heat setting records everywhere, record snowfalls in Europe and Russia. Snow in the Arabia. This list can go on. Most studied Eschatologists believe these ‘fearful sights’ and massive natural disasters are all part of the ‘CONVERGENCE’ of signs that this Biblical and prophetic age is closing. Most people who study prophecy are familiar with the routine reference(s) made that these things will be like a woman having labor.

More than 800 cases of measles in US, with NY outbreak continuing to lead

By Debra Goldschmidt, CNN Updated 1:19 PM ET, Mon May 13, 2019

(CNN)The number of measles cases in the United States is now at 839 for the year, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s weekly measles update.

That’s 75 more cases than the agency reported last week, inching closer to the 963 cases reported in 1994, which is the highest number of cases in a year in the past 25 years.

Last month, the number of cases this year became the highest number in a single year since the virus was declared eliminated in the United States in 2000. The designation means measles was no longer being transmitted within the country.

Some good news this week is that no new states reported cases, leaving the number unchanged at 23. The states that have reported measles cases this year are ArizonaCaliforniaColoradoConnecticutFloridaGeorgiaIllinoisIndianaIowaKentuckyMarylandMassachusettsMichiganMissouriNevadaNew HampshireNew JerseyNew YorkOregonPennsylvaniaTexasTennessee and Washington.

But still troubling: Sixty-six of the 75 new cases were in New York, according to a source familiar with the measles situation in the United States. Of those, 41 were reported by New York City, and 25 were reported by Rockland County. These areas are home to the Orthodox Jewish communities that have been reporting an increasing number of cases since October.

The outbreak there began when an unvaccinated child traveled to Israel and returned home with the highly contagious disease, New York City health officials have said. That child infected others, and the number of cases grew.

An infected person from New York visited Detroit and unknowingly spread the virus, which led to an outbreak in Michigan.

State health officials in Connecticut said one case there was a resident who had visited New York.

Seven months in, New York City and state health officials have failed to contain the outbreak, as indicated by the number of cases continuing to be reported.

As of Friday, the New York State Department of Health reported 272 cases of measles since the outbreak began in October; 162 of those cases have been reported this year. That does not include the cases in New York City, which totaled 466 as of Tuesday; 410 of those have been reported this year. Including the 51 new cases counted by the CDC in its national update Monday, the total number for New York state, including New York City, this year is 623, according to CNN’s calculation.

New York City and Rockland County have taken separate steps to contain the outbreak.

Last week, New York City health officials said that 84 summonses had been issued for violations to people who are unvaccinated and that they could be fined, per an emergency declaration issued in April.

This week, a new awareness campaign is set to be released by the New York City health department, with ads on bus shelters, in publications and elsewhere targeting the communities in English and Yiddish.

Since October 1, health officials there say they’ve administered nearly 23,000 doses of the measles, mumps and rubella, or MMR, vaccine and that more than 11,000 of those doses were administered in Williamsburg, where more than 80% of the New York City cases have occurred.

According to the Rockland County Health Department, more than 20,000 doses of the MMR vaccine have been administered there since October.

The vaccine is 93% effective against measles after one dose and 97% effective after two doses.

The CDC recommends two doses of the MMR vaccine: the first dose for children when they are between 12 and 15 months old and the second when children are 4 to 6 years old.

Babies between 6 months and 12 months should be vaccinated before international travel or if they live in a community experiencing an outbreak. That dose may not offer lasting protection, so the other two doses should be administered as recommended for routine vaccination.

Babies who are traveling to or living in an area with an ongoing outbreak who have had a first dose at 12 months to 15 months do not need to wait until age 4 for that second dose; rather, they can and should get it anytime after 28 days from the first vaccination.

As for adults, the CDC recommends that those who were born during or after 1957 who do not have evidence of immunity against measles should get at least one dose of MMR. Those born before 1957 are assumed to have had measles and are therefore immune and don’t need to be vaccinated.

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