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 with it through contact lasting up to

In order to prevent contracting this potentially fatal disease, only two vaccinations are enough.Complications of the disease include laryngitis, tracheobronchitis, otitis, measles encephalitis, hepatitis, lymphadenitis, and mesenteric lymphadenitisand 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 continue, the more likely it is that measles will get it againa stable foothold in the United States"


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 shows that the number of measles cases is 300 percent higher than at the same time in 2018, with the main outbreaks now in 12 countries, including developed countries.