Measles On The Rise
Due to the advances we’ve made with vaccinations, too many American’s wrongly think that diseases like Measles have been eradicated. However, rising numbers and a lax attitude towards preventative vaccinations have made 2011 a banner year for the disease.
So far this year, 118 cases have been reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the highest for the January-May period since 1996.
This could bode ill for infants, who are generally too young to get the vaccine.
Travelers, especially those to Europe and Southeast Asia, get most of the blame, according to the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. The disease may have been deemed eliminated in this country in the late 1990s, but the same isn’t true in the rest of the world. France, for example, reported 10,000 cases — and six deaths — during the first four months of the year.