Measles just hit a major landmark as it spread across the nation, infecting the maximum people since the year 2000 when public health officials proclaimed that the virus was terminated from the US. Thanks to the anti-vaccination movement, the virus has hit back.
The case count has risen and infected 695 people from across 22 different states, driven in part by breakout that has continued in New York and Washington, according to a statement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The CDC in a statement stated that stopping this current epidemic as soon as possible will be important. The longer these measles outbreaks carry on, greater is the chance of the measles again getting a prolonged foothold in the United States.
Measles, identified for its rash, can cause pneumonia, brain swelling, and death. The Measles, Mumps, and Rubella — or MMR — the vaccine is safe and can avert measles infections. However, some people, like children under one-year-old and those who can’t be vaccinated for medical reasons, depending on the rest for getting vaccinated to keep the notably contagious virus from spreading.
If everyone who can get vaccinated does, outbreaks would become small to non-existent. But when someone with measles visits a community that isn’t adequately vaccinated, the outbreak can spread.
The CDC points to inadequate vaccination and the rise of vaccine misinformation as a driver of the New York outbreaks, in particular.
Alex Azar, secretary of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, tried to calm the frightened by stating that the safety of the measles vaccines has been firmly established. It is safe and effective to protect from measles.