Why Measles Cases Are Rising Right Now

Last year, cases of measles—a serious, vaccine-preventable disease that’s highly contagious—jumped by 79% around the world. Most of them were in children. That trend is continuing this year, threatening to reverse an impressive 73% drop in measles deaths worldwide from 2000 to 2018. Cases in the U.S. are climbing, too. In just the first two months of 2024, 35 cases have already been reported in 15 states including California, Minnesota, Florida, New York, and Louisiana; in 2023, 58 cases were reported over the entire year. [time-brightcove not-tgx=”true”] Why are measles cases taking off, and how can people protect themselves? Why measles cases are climbing Not enough kids are getting vaccinated.

  • Rise in 'Extraordinarily Contagious' Measles Cases in the U.S.: 'It's Back' and 'Much More Serious Than the Chickenpox'
    Symptoms include a high fever, cough, runny nose and watery eyes — but the most notable symptom is the red rash, which often covers the entire body. Complications include pneumonia and encephalitis, which is when the brain swells.
    04/12/2024 - 7:43 am | View Link
  • Georgia health officials link third measles case to unvaccinated international traveler
    Georgia health officials have confirmed a third case of measles linked to an individual who does not live in the U.S. and had traveled internationally with a group of students.
    04/12/2024 - 3:15 am | View Link
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