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

Measles Resurgence in the US: A Concern for Public Health Amidst Declining Vaccination Rates

In 2023, the United States has seen a resurgence of measles, a once-eliminated disease. This outbreak has resulted in at least 64 recorded cases nationwide by late last week, which is more than the total of 58 cases reported for all of last year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Jesse Ehrenfeld, the president of the American Medical Association (AMA), expressed concern over the declining rate of vaccinations against measles in the U.S. since 2019. Ehrenfeld noted that this decline puts more people at risk of illness, disability, and death from the disease.

Measles is caused by a highly contagious 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. In the United States, individuals are usually vaccinated against measles in early childhood with two doses of the MMR vaccine which provides lifetime protection against measles infection. However


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