The U.S. Is On Track For The Most Measles Cases Since The Disease Was Eliminated

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465 cases of measles have been confirmed this year, due largely to those opposed to vaccinations.

According to Time, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed that 100 or more cases have been diagnosed since last week. The 2019 case count has reached the highest level since the disease was eliminated in 2000.

465 cases of measles have been confirmed in 19 states. Many cases have been in New York and the Pacific Northwest.

Before this year, the record of measles cases after 2000 was in 2014, when 667 cases were recorded. An outbreak in the Amish communities of Ohio accounted for 383 of those cases.

Measles is a very contagious virus which can be prevented by a vaccination. In rare cases, measles can be fatal, although no one has died from measles in the U.S. since 2015.

The resurgence of measles is largely due to those who are skeptical about vaccinations and thus never got the measles vaccination. According to the CDC, some communities like the New York City Orthodox Jewish community, refuse to vaccinate and then are infected when international travelers bring the virus back from other countries.

Local health officials are taking steps to end outbreaks. For example, in Rockland County, New York, officials banned unvaccinated kids from public places. A judge halted the policy last week.

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