Masks return in 2019.
Since January this year, 22 states have experienced a total of 704 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 all vaccinated – twice.
The latest cases were found at two universities in California, where nearly 300 students, staff, and faculties quarantine because they are unvaccinated (or their inability to prove otherwise). Most people who get (and spread) measles have not been vaccinated.
"This year is the worst since 2000." said Dr. Sean & # 39; Leary, a child specialist for infectious diseases working with the American Academy of Pediatrics. "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."
In a development largely related to the anti-wax movement ] the 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 some things to be aware of.
International measles outbreak map
Data grouping company Metabiota has created an interactive map to track 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 steer 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, because measles tends to break out into geographical pockets.
State-specific is usually found on websites of the Federal Health and Human Services Department or various state and local public health departments, where there is close real-time information on measles cases and immunization rates.
Here are links to measles outbreak data in the states experiencing outbreaks (3 or more cases):
Immunization Tracking in the United States
Fairs can be prevented by the MMR vaccine, which immunizes against measles, dust and rubella . After two doses, people are considered immune and the vaccine is 97% effective according to Centers for Disease Control.
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 The MMR vaccine spreads measles because parents choose not to vaccinate their children. The resistance to vaccinations, also called the anti-wax movement, is largely due to unwarranted fears that vaccinations cause developmental diseases, such as autism.
A recentand many other studies have not shown any correlation.
The anti-wax movement is instead driven by a deceptive 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 as possible from the disease.
The information in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended for health or medical care. Always consult a physician or other qualified health care professional regarding any questions you may have about a medical condition or health goal.
Editor's note: This story was originally published on April 26 and has since been updated with the latest number of measles cases.