What You Need to Know About the 2019 Measles Outbreak

What You Need to Know About the 2019 Measles Outbreak

Multiple forces are behind the spread of this sickness, and the results are potentially deadly.

So, we’re going to give you the straight goods, here. With an outbreak, there’s no time to dance around.

Throughout January and February of 2019 alone, 127 cases of the measles have been confirmed in the U.S.

According to information on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website, the outbreak spans 10 states to date. These include California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, New York, Oregon, Texas, and Washington.

Are anti-vaxxers to blame? In part.

In New York State, NYC, Texas and Washington, the outbreaks are linked to travelers bringing the illness back from other countries such as Israel and the Ukraine. This is where large measles outbreaks are currently taking place, according to the CDC.

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In other areas such as Washington State, this isn’t the case. Pockets of unvaccinated people are falling sick with the measles, which is causing it to spread.

Why are so many still susceptible? Parents became scared of vaccinating their children when a study done back in 1998 linked the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine to autism. The study has since been debunked and retracted. but the fear it caused lingers. The result is that more people have been made vulnerable to the possibilities of suffering from permanent damage to their health and even death caused by the illness. 

The outbreak isn’t yet the worst in recent years. Today’s case total remains low compared with a surge back in 2014, which resulted in 667 cases. But the year is still young.

What is for certain? The vast majority of people who have fallen sick were unvaccinated.

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