Measles in 2019 — Going Backward

 

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This article SHOULD wake everyone up. Measles is no laughing matter – and it is highly contagious. You can access the article by clicking HERE.

In 2000, the United States achieved a historic public health goal: the elimination of measles, defined by the absence of sustained transmission of the virus for more than 12 months.

This achievement resulted from a concerted effort by health care practitioners and families alike, working to protect the population through widespread immunization.

Unfortunately, that momentous achievement was short-lived, and localized measles outbreaks have recently been triggered by travel-related introductions of the virus by infected persons, with subsequent spread through undervaccinated subpopulations.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 555 cases of measles in 20 states had already been confirmed from January 1 through April 11, 2019 (see graph). The increase in measles cases in the United States mirrors patterns elsewhere: several other countries that had eliminated measles are now seeing resurgences.

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