Mired in Measles

Measles cases are up a staggering 300% worldwide compared with the first 3 months of 2018, according to provisional WHO data.

Cases have been trending upwards for the past 2 years, with young children most affected.

Among the most contagious diseases, measles is preventable with a safe 2-dose vaccine. But global coverage has stalled at 85% for several years running; 95% coverage is needed. 

No region has been spared, with ongoing outbreaks from the Philippines to Georgia and Madagascar, where measles’ toll is declining after an emergency vaccination campaign. Cases are also up in countries with high overall vaccination including Thailand, Tunisia and the US.

The CDC reported ongoing outbreaks in 6 areas including New York City and California; the disease is spreading among unvaccinated populations after being brought back into the country by travelers, the agency said.

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