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Measles Outbreak in US: Once Eradicated, Highly Contagious Disease Now Causes Nationwide Cases

Number of Measles Cases in Mid-March Exceeds Total for Previous Year

Measles Outbreak in US: Once Eradicated, Highly Contagious Disease Now Causes Nationwide Cases

The highly contagious disease of measles, once thought to be eradicated from the United States by 2000, has caused an outbreak nationwide with at least 64 recorded cases as of late last week. This number surpasses the total of 58 cases reported for all of last year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Jesse Ehrenfeld, the president of the American Medical Association, expressed concern over the declining rate of vaccinations against measles in the U.S. since 2019. This decline puts more people at risk of illness, disability, and death from the disease. Measles is caused by a virus that is typically located in the nose or throat and can spread easily through coughing, sneezing, or talking. Infected individuals can release infectious droplets into the air that others can breathe in, leading to transmission of the disease. Symptoms include fever, cough, runny nose, sore throat, and watery eyes followed by a red rash that covers the body.

Complications from measles can include dehydration, ear infections, croup

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