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Measles cases hit 27-year high. Expert calls lack of vaccinations 'disturbing'

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A decade ago, there were less than 100 measles cases a year. Now, just about six months into 2019, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report there are 971. That’s the highest tally since 1992, when there were 963 cases … for the entire year.

Adding insult to infection, the disease had been declared eliminated in 2000 by health authorities.

But now, it’s back, and the outbreak continues to grow.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute for Allergies and Infectious Diseases, tells WTOP the reason for that is simple: The percentage of people getting their kids vaccinated has gone down — particularly in outbreak areas — which leaves everyone else, and everyone else’s children, vulnerable.

“This is, unfortunately, entirely predictable and entirely preventable,” Fauci said.

“We’re seeing this mostly — the big outbreak — in New York City, in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, and a little bit farther north in Rockland County, where there may be almost 600-plus of the 971 cases … coming from that area because of a very low vaccination rate in that group.”


Author: @DailyCupofYoga

Source: wtop.com

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