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Measles on the Rise: The Increased Danger of a Previously Eliminated Disease

BySamantha Jones

Mar 25, 2024
The number of measles cases by mid-March has now exceeded the total from last year.

In recent years, the United States has seen a resurgence of measles cases, with over 60 cases reported nationwide by late last week. This is more than the total number of cases reported for all of 2021, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Jesse Ehrenfeld, the president of the American Medical Association (AMA), has stated that the decline in vaccinations against measles in the US since 2019 puts more people at risk of illness, disability, and death. The MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine provides lifetime protection against this highly contagious disease when given between ages 12 to 15 months and again at 4 to 6 years old.

Measles is caused by a virus that can spread easily through infectious droplets when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks. Early symptoms include a mild fever, persistent cough, runny nose, sore throat and watery eyes. After a few days, the fever rises and red spots and bumps develop on the face before becoming a splotchy red rash over most of the body that lasts about a week. Complications can include dehydration, ear infection, irritated airways (croup), and pneumonia.

Due to lower vaccination rates in kindergartners during the 2022-2023 school year, approximately 250,000 students are at risk for measles infection. The AMA’s call to action highlights the importance of getting vaccinated against this previously eliminated disease as it returns with increased frequency. This article is part of The Post’s “Big Number” series which provides statistical insight into health issues through hyperlinks with additional information and relevant research available.

By Samantha Jones

As a dedicated content writer at newszxcv.com, I bring a passion for storytelling and a keen eye for detail to every piece I create. With a background in journalism and a love for crafting engaging narratives, I strive to deliver informative and captivating content that resonates with our readers. Whether I'm covering breaking news or delving into in-depth features, my goal is to inform, entertain, and inspire through the power of words. Join me on this journey as we explore the ever-evolving world of news together.

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