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The Rising Danger of Measles in the US: A Growing Concern for Public Health

BySamantha Nguyen

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

A recent outbreak of measles, a highly contagious disease that was thought to have been eliminated from the United States by the year 2000, has resulted in at least 64 recorded 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 (CDC). The decline in vaccination rates against measles in the U.S. is putting more people at risk of illness, disability, and death.

The American Medical Association (AMA) president Jesse Ehrenfeld stated that “the rate of vaccinations against measles in the U.S. has declined since 2019 — putting more people at risk of illness, disability, and death.” Measles is caused by a virus that is lodged in the nose or throat and can spread easily when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks. This sends infectious droplets into the air, which others can breathe in. Early on, an infected person may experience symptoms such as a mild fever, persistent cough, runny nose, sore throat, and watery eyes.

Typically, after a few days, the fever rises and red spots and bumps develop, usually starting on the face and then becoming a splotchy red rash over most of the body that lasts about a week. Complications from a measles infection can include dehydration, ear infection, irritated and swollen airways (croup), and a lung infection (pneumonia). In the United States, people are usually vaccinated against measles in early childhood and receive lifetime protection through two doses of the MMR (measles

By Samantha Nguyen

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