Four months in 2019 beat a 20-year record for measles in the United States

Measles is transmitted by airborne droplets - a person can become infected by contact with a duration of

a few seconds with the sick. In order to prevent infection with this potentially fatal disease, only two vaccinations are sufficient. Complications of the disease include laryngitis, tracheobronchitis, otitis media, measles encephalitis, hepatitis, lymphadenitis, mesenterial lymphadenitis, and other diseases.

However, measles can be completely defeated only inif 95% of the world's population is vaccinated. In the past ten years, this figure did not exceed 85% due to the lack of funds for vaccines and the inaccessibility of medical care for residents of some developing countries.

However, problems exist not only in countriesOf Africa. According to WHO, in 2017, outbreaks of measles occurred in five of the six regions. Including in North and South America, Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean.

According to the CDC, the number of cases has increased to 695 in 22 different US states. The main increase was due to outbreaks in New York and Washington.

“The longer these outbreaks are, the more likely it is that measles will get a steady footing in the United States again.”


Previously preliminary surveillance datameasles, published by the World Health Organization (WHO), revealed a sharp surge in reported cases in the first three months of 2019 around the world.

WHO data show that the number of casesmeasles is 300 percent higher than at the same time in 2018, with major outbreaks currently in 12 countries, including developed ones.