Sun. Jun 16th, 2024
Number of Measles Cases in Mid-March Exceeds Total for Previous Year

In recent years, measles, a highly contagious disease that was once thought to have been eliminated from the United States by the year 2000, has experienced a resurgence. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), by late last week, at least 64 cases of measles had been reported nationwide, which is more than the total of 58 cases reported for all of last year.

The decline in vaccinations against measles in the U.S. since 2019 has put more people at risk of illness, disability, and death from the disease. Jesse Ehrenfeld, the president of the American Medical Association (AMA), expressed concern over this trend and called for increased efforts to promote vaccinations. Ehrenfeld noted that approximately 250,000 kindergartners are at risk of measles infection due to lower vaccination rates in the 2022-2023 school year.

Measles is caused by a virus that is typically located in the nose or throat and can spread easily through coughing, sneezing, or talking. Infected individuals can release infectious droplets into the air that others can breathe in, leading to transmission of the disease. Symptoms of measles include fever, cough, runny nose, sore throat, and watery eyes, followed by a red rash that covers the body.

Complications from measles can include dehydration, ear infections, croup

By Aiden Nguyen

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