Latest News About The Measles Outbreak, International Travel, And Preventative Measures
With summer travel just beginning to destinations worldwide, some wonder what's being done to prevent measles outbreaks from accelerating in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the increase in measles is due in large part to travelers who get the disease abroad and bring it back to the U.S., then spread the highly contagious virus to unvaccinated people.
As reported in a recent Forbes piece, The World Health Organization has shown that measles cases worldwide have risen 300% in the first three months of 2019 compared to the same period last year. Africa was the worst impacted, with cases up 700%. So far this year, 170 countries have reported 112,163 measles cases to the WHO; last year during the same time-frame, 163 countries reported 28,124 cases. The stats could be even worse, as WHO maintains that only one in ten cases globally gets reported.