In the northwestern United States, the measles outbreak already caused more than two dozens of infections. The most concerning part if it is that the US health experts deemed measles virus on the brink of eradication, but the virus proved to be resistant, and now it’s back as a growing threat.
According to health officials in Clark County, Washington, there are only 23 confirmed measles cases across the US. Others say that the real number surpassed 24 instances. Besides, seven suspected cases have also been recorded in the United States.
“The fact that we have had so many cases in 2018 is really quite discouraging. This is a completely avoidable situation,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
According to the CDC, measles has been growing in virulence across the US since the 2000s. However, the experts were about to deem it as eradicated. Now, measles is back and hits the United States. Also, 2018 has been a worse year regarding measles cases, and the authorities expect 2019 to be the same.
Measles Outbreak Hits the United States
Measles is more prevalent across Europe and other regions of the world than it is in the US. According to statistics, 81 measles cases across the United States, during the past year, were in people who traveled abroad. But, fortunately, there is a measles vaccine, only that it’s not mandatory in every country around the world. That’s why WHO recommended people to vaccinate their kids against measles and other viruses and deemed the anti-vaccination movement as a global threat in 2019.
On the other hand, “with the dawn of social media, information – and misinformation – about vaccines can spread further and faster than ever before, and this may, unfortunately, be advantageous for anti-vaccination groups,” said Shirley Cramer, chief executive of the Royal Society for Public Health. “Finding new and innovative ways to counteract ‘fake news’ about vaccines is likely to be a major battle to be fought in the coming years,” she added.