Measles comeback in the USA
Over the past 10 or more years the topic of not vaccinating your kids has been on the rise.
This can lead to all sorts of problems, as vaccines are there to make sure your child is protected from deadly diseases.
But many parents have chosen to not vaccinate their kids due to them believing that vaccines can cause significant harm.
So far this year the USA has confirmed that there have been 695 measles cases and plenty more to come.
This has been the highest level of cases since the USA declared that they eliminated measles back in 2000.
If more people start believing that vaccines are dangerous it can lead to a measles epidemic.
It has been confirmed that Washington state and New York are the main areas for the new measles outbreak and many more states are starting to be affected.
The CDC which is the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that:
"Although the disease was eliminated from the country in 2000, meaning the virus was no longer continually present year-round,
outbreaks still happen via travelers coming from countries where measles is still common"
The number of cases this year has exceeded the total number of cases in 2014 of 667.
This shows how dangerous not getting vaccinated can be and how many more diseases can come back.
According to the CDC, measles have come back in 22 states so far this year and that number is rapidly rising due to more cases of people not getting vaccinated or not letting their kids get vaccinated.
Measles can lead to a painful death but no measles deaths have been reported so far this year after the current outbreak.
This measles outbreak in the USA could have been inevitably prevented if people were properly educated and knew the risks of not getting vaccinated.
From finding out about this new outbreak US Health Secretary Alex Azar had this to say:
"Safety has been firmly established over many years.
The United States is seeing a resurgence of measles, a disease that had once been effectively eliminated from our country."
It has been revealed that measles cases have been on the rise globally.
So far this year there has been reported to have been 110,000 cases of measles around the world.
These cases had all been reported in the first 3 months of 2019.
The largest outbreak has been in New York.
There have been 390 cases recorded in New York since October these individuals are mainly children in communities around Boston.
Dr. Amesh Adalja who is an infection disease expert claimed that this whole outbreak was completely preventable and said:
"We are fighting a disease now in 2019 that should have been off the table in the 1960s with the development of the vaccine,
it should be viewed as an embarrassment that so many Americans have turned away from vaccines that we are having a record year for measles."
Hopefully, more and more people will realize how they are harming themselves if they don't get vaccinated and that the number of measles cases will slowly go down again.