Measles is currently one of the serious problems that various states in the United States is facing. While the certain counties in Washington have declared Measles outbreak as a public health emergency, the scenario is not really better in other places either. According to the latest reports, the Measles outbreak has impacted and affected 22 people so far. That’s not all parts of the story.
Recently, an outbreak that affected Orthodox Jews had put 177 cases of Measles in New York alone. With the whole impact of all these, 2018 is now being considered having the second-largest record of measles — since 2000. Center for Disease Control and Prevention says 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 is brought into the United States by unvaccinated people who get infected in 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 witnessing such a huge 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 the 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.
“Anyone who is not protected against measles is at risk of getting infected when they travel 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.