Measles Makes a Resurgence in the U.S.: Why Vaccination Rates are Plummeting and What It Means for You

Number of Measles Cases in Mid-March Exceeds Total for Previous Year

In the United States, a resurgence of measles, a highly contagious disease that was once thought to have been eradicated by the year 2000, has resulted in at least 64 recorded cases nationwide as of late last week. This number is significantly higher than the total of 58 cases reported for all of last year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Jesse Ehrenfeld, president of the American Medical Association (AMA), expressed concern over the declining rate of vaccinations against measles in the U.S. since 2019. The decline puts more people at risk of illness, disability, and death from the disease. 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 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 and pneumonia. Individuals are usually vaccinated against measles with two doses of MMR vaccine during early childhood which provides lifetime protection against it. However this decline could potentially erase progress made in eliminating measles as a vaccine-preventable disease. The AMA calls on parents and guardians to ensure their children are fully vaccinated against this preventable illness to protect themselves and others within their community.

It’s important to note that while we have made significant progress in eliminating diseases like measles from our society through vaccines and public health measures such as quarantine procedures; we must remain vigilant and continue these efforts to ensure continued success.

The CDC advises those who may have been exposed to someone with measles or who believe they may be infected with symptoms to seek medical attention immediately while taking necessary precautions such as covering their mouths when coughing or sneezing and avoiding close contact with others until they are no longer contagious.

In conclusion Measles remains a serious threat despite our advances in medicine and public health practices . It’s crucial for us as individuals , parents , guardians and healthcare providers take an active role in protecting ourselves and our communities from preventable illnesses like measles through vaccinations , proper hygiene practices , education on disease prevention , early detection and treatment when necessary .

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