The Pandemic Turned Measles Into A Global Threat

The Pandemic Turned Measles Into A Global Threat
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The World Health Organization (WHO) and the United States Public Health Agency both stated on Wednesday that there is now an immediate risk of measles spreading in various locations throughout the globe as a result of COVID-19, leading to a gradual fall in vaccination coverage and weaker surveillance of the illness.

The WHO has already noticed an increase in the number of significant disruptive outbreaks since the beginning of 2022, with the number growing from 19 to roughly 30 by September. He added that he was particularly concerned about certain regions in sub-Saharan Africa.

Vaccines are necessary

Measles is one of the human viruses that has the highest rate of transmission, although it can be prevented almost totally with vaccination. However, in order to stop epidemics among populations, you need to have a vaccination coverage of 95%. According to a report published jointly by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of the United States, a record high of roughly 40 million children missed out on a measles vaccine dosage in 2021 due to obstacles imposed by the COVID epidemic. Even if the number of measles cases has not yet significantly increased in comparison to past years, the moment to take action has come.

The fact that somehow there hasn’t yet been an outbreak of measles cases despite the expanding immunity gaps could be explained by a combination of factors, such as the continued use of social isolation techniques and the cyclical nature of the disease. However, this could rapidly change.

Measles, which begins with symptoms that are similar to those of the common cold, weakens the immune system and makes those who have it more vulnerable to other infections. Convulsions and loss of vision are both potential side effects in some cases. Although the United States declared in 2000 that it had eliminated measles, which is defined as having no transmission for at least a year and a surveillance system that operates effectively, there are still rare outbreaks of the disease.


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Anna Daniels

Anna is an avid blogger with an educational background in medicine and mental health. She is a generalist with many other interests including nutrition, women's health, astronomy and photography. In her free time from work and writing, Anna enjoys nature walks, reading, and listening to jazz and classical music.

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