Fairs return in 2019.
Since January this year, 22 states have experienced a total of 695 cases of measles, an infectious disease that would be eradicated nearly two decades ago after an outbreak of more than 30,000 cases and a pressure to get everyone vaccinated – twice.
The latest case was found at the University of California campus, where 127 students and faculties quarantined because they were not vaccinated (or their inability to prove otherwise). Most people who get (and spread) measles have not been vaccinated.
"This year is the worst since 2000." says Dr. Sean O'Leary, MD, MPH, FAAP, a child-specific infectious disease specialist who serves on the AAP's Infectious Diseases Committee. "There are more pockets now by parents who have chosen not to immunize their children. And when someone with measles enters that society it spreads."
To a large extent, reference is made to the anti-wax movement that disease spreads in the United States and around the world. If you plan to travel, or just want to keep track of the outbreak, there are a few options.
International measles outbreak map
A data grouping company Metabiota created an interactive map to track the outbreaks of infectious diseases, including measles. To use the map, click on the filter button (magnifying glass on the far right) and select brass. Now you can see where the outbreaks are and how concentrated they are.
Unfortunately, the information on this map seems to be about 10 days old. So, if you use this to help you guide your journey or make other health-related decisions, make sure the checkbox is checked with a newer dataset, as described below.
Tracking of the measles outbreak of the state
In the United States, the best way to trace the measles outbreak is by the state, as measles tends to break out into geographical pockets.
State-specific is usually available at the Department of Health and Human Services or the Department of Public Health, where nearby real-time data on measles cases and immunization rates are available.
Here are links to data on measles outbreaks in those states currently experiencing outbreaks (3 or more cases):
Immunization Tracking in the United States
Fairs is a disease that can be prevented by vaccination, MMR, which immunizes against brass, dust and rubella. After two doses, humans are considered immune and the vaccine is 97% effective according to the CDC.
So how many children are unvaccinated, and in which states? The American Academy of Pediatrics will show you in its interactive map.
Despite the availability of MMR spreads measles because parents choose not to vaccinate their children. The resistance to vaccinations, also called the anti-wax movement, is largely due to the fact that vaccinations cause developmental diseases, such as autism.
However, a new Danish study and many other studies have not shown any correlation.
The anti-wax movement is instead driven by a fraudulent paper from 1998 andthrough social media platforms such as Facebook. So, how can these outbreaks be stopped? O & # 39; Leary says it's so simple: "Get vaccinated. The only way to prevent measles is to get vaccinated. It's the only thing to stop it."
If you have had two doses of a measles-containing vaccine, say Leary, you are as protected from the disease as possible.
The information in this article is only intended for education and information purposes and is not intended as health or medical care. Always consult a physician or other qualified healthcare professional regarding any questions you may have about a medical condition or health goal.