Measles Resurgence: A Growing Concern as Vaccination Rates Decline in the US

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

A resurgence of measles, a highly infectious disease that was once believed to have been eradicated from the United States by 2000, has resulted in at least 64 cases nationwide by late last week. This is more than the total of 58 cases reported for all of last year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The American Medical Association’s president, Jesse Ehrenfeld, expressed concern over the declining rate of vaccinations against measles in the U.S. since 2019. The decline in vaccination rates places more individuals at risk of illness, disability, and death from the disease.

Measles is caused by a virus that is typically found in the nose or throat and can easily spread 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

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