The number of measles cases by mid-March has now exceeded the total from last year.

Measles on the Rise in the US: The Urgent Need for Vaccinations

The highly contagious disease of measles, which was believed to have been eliminated from the United States by the year 2000, has resulted in at least 64 recorded cases nationwide by late last week. This is more than the total of 58 cases reported for all of last year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Last week, Jesse Ehrenfeld, the president of the American Medical Association (AMA), stated that “the rate of vaccinations against measles in the U.S. has declined since 2019 — putting more people at risk of illness, disability, and death.” Ehrenfeld pointed out that “the reduction in measles vaccination threatens to erase many years of progress as this previously eliminated vaccine-preventable disease returns.”

Measles is caused by a virus that is lodged in the nose or throat and can spread easily when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks. This sends infectious droplets into the air, which others can breathe in. Early on, an infected person may experience symptoms such as a mild fever, persistent cough, runny nose, sore throat, and watery eyes.

Typically, after a few days, the fever rises and red spots and bumps develop

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