Anti-vaxxers movement has already been included as one of the major health threats in 2019 by the WHO. Now, according to an expert, the measles outbreak across the United States got traction due to the before-mentioned anti-vaxxer movement. And the worst part of the measles outbreak would be that this virus is deadly for the majority of newborns and individuals with a weak immune system.
“What a lot of people don’t realize is that it’s one of the most contagious viruses we’ve ever known. Symptoms can start like any other really bad cold: a cough, runny nose, not feeling very well, red eyes,” he says. “And a few days after that, you get that famous rash,” explained Alok Patel, MD, a pediatrician at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center.
Even though the CDC bureaus declared measles as ‘eradicated” in the 2000s, a new measles outbreak hit the United States, proving that there’s nothing eliminated regarding the measles virus.
Measles Outbreak Got Traction Due To Anti-Vaxxer Movement
“It is pretty black and white. Vaccination is a fool-proof method to curb the spread of measles. We’ve since looked at millions of kids completely debunking that there’s any link between autism and the vaccine,” said Alok Patel, reminding that anti-vaxxer movement is the leading culprit of the current measles outbreak in the United States.
“The virus can actually live for about two hours on surfaces and in the air. The best defense against infection is vaccination, which the CDC says is about 97 percent effective,” added Patel.
In short, a harsh measles outbreak hit the United States this year, and the main reason why the virus spread so fast across the young populations is the anti-vaxxer movement which considers vaccines as harmful for children. Thus, the anti-vaxxers refuse to immunize their kids against some of the most prevalent diseases, including the measles virus. Therefore, a massive measles outbreak in the US got traction due to the anti-vaxxer movement.