Measles is currently one of the severe problems that various states in the United States are facing. While the individual counties in Washington have declared Measles outbreak as a public health emergency, the scenario is not better in other places either. According to the latest reports, the Measles outbreak has impacted and affected 22 people so far. That’s not the whole story. Recently, an epidemic that affected Orthodox Jews had put 177 cases of Measles in New York alone. With the entire impact of all these, 2018 said to be the second-largest year of measles outbreak— since 2000. Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports that the worst year was 2014 when 667 cases and 2018 now has the second position in the list.
“In the United States, most of the measles cases result from international travel. The disease spreads in the United States by anti-vaxxers who carry infection from other countries. They spread measles to others, which can cause outbreaks,” says the official website of CDC when talking about the reasons why the US is witnessing such a large Measles outbreak, something that has broken records in the past. It brings into notice another point that residents should consider: vaccination. It was proven earlier that the rates of vaccination are declining among US residents, increasing the chances of infection.
In fact, WHO went on to include anti-vaccination as one of the serious threats we have in 2019. The never-ending streak of Measles outbreak is another reason why people should be more concerned about getting vaccinated. “The people who do vaccinate against measles may get the infection while traveling internationally. Teenagers and adults who do not have evidence of immunity against measles should get two doses of MMR vaccine separated by at least 28 days,” says the Measles outbreak update page from CDC.
Phone No: +44 167 843 1945
Lara is a perpetually traveling writer who focuses on trending tech, health and international e-commerce as seen from the ground. For the past three years, She has been traveling, doing research for a book which should be out in 2019. She has been featured in, interviewed by, or appeared on CNBC Squawk Box, Forbes.com, VICE, BBC World, and NPR Morning Edition.