Eliminated Disease Surges Again after Decades Resulting in Tens of Unvaccinated Child Hospitalizations

Eliminated Disease Surges Again after Decades Resulting in Tens of Unvaccinated Child Hospitalizations
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According to new reports, a disease that was officially declared as eliminated has surged back in the last few weeks, resulting in dozens of child hospitalizations.

More precisely, it appears that more than 82 children from central Ohio have been diagnosed with measles in the past two months, at least 32 of them even needing hospitalization.

The 82 cases actually represent the majority of all 117 cases of measles in the United States.

The patients reported by Columbus Public Health have all been under the age of 17, most of them being babies and toddlers.

As mentioned before, Measles hasn’t been a concern for decades!

In 2000, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, officially stated that the disease had been eliminated in the United States.

In a past statement, the CDC shared that “Measles was declared eliminated from the United States in 2000. This was thanks to a really  effective vaccination program as well as better measles control in the Americas region.”

Usually, when the CDC officially declares that any disease has been eliminated, this means that if it’s ever reintroduced in a community, it would not easily spread to other people due to the fact the great majority of individuals would be immune.

It is important to know that Measles is a really serious disease for many people who get it, especially infants and toddlers.

The CDC has made it very clear that “Children younger than 5 and adults older than 20 are more likely to suffer from complications. Typical complications are ear infections and diarrhea. Serious complications include pneumonia and encephalitis.”

Out of all the cases in Ohio, none of them were fully vaccinated against the disease.

More precisely, according to local health officials, for 4 of them, their vaccination status was unknown, 4 were partially vaccinated, while the overwhelming majority, 74, were unvaccinated.

CDC also explains that “Measles symptoms appear 7-14 days after contact with the virus and usually include high fever, a cough, runny nose, and watery eyes. Measles rash appears 3-5 days after the first symptoms.”


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Katherine Baldwin

Katherine is just getting her start as a journalist. She attended a technical school while still in high school where she learned a variety of skills, from photography to nutrition. Her enthusiasm for both natural and human sciences is real so she particularly enjoys covering topics on medicine and the environment.

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