A growing concern for many parents is the 2019 measles outbreak, a health risk that is showing no signs of losing steam anytime soon. On Monday, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced that the number of measles cases worldwide has risen by 300 percent in the first three months of the new year. Unfortunately, that example is just one of five that proves the 2019 measles outbreak should be taken seriously by everyone.
Measles was declared eliminated in the United States in 2000, which means there was an "absence of continuous disease transmission for greater than 12 months," according to the U.S. Centers for Disease and Control Prevention. The CDC attributed the elimination to a "highly effective vaccination program," "better measles control," and a "strong public health system for detecting and responding to measles cases and outbreaks."
Cut to almost two decades later, when measles is making a resurgence in the United States due to non-medical vaccine exemptions, a lack of herd immunity, and shifting attitudes towards vaccinations, to name a few examples, according to The Verge.
Although many parents are well-aware of the 2019 measles outbreak and the implications it has for the health and well-being of the public, others might not be aware of how serious this epidemic is. And if you want to familiarize yourself with the history of the outbreak thus far, take a look at these five examples that prove measles pose a serious threat to Americans.