There is a & # 39; reasonable chance & # 39; that the US will lose its measles elimination status in FIVE WEEKS, CDC official warns
- Dr. Nancy Messonnier, head of the infectious disease control department at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told CNN that the US could lose its status
- In 2000, the WHO considered measles effective & # 39; eliminated & # 39; in the U.S.
- There have been 1,215 cases of the highly contagious disease this year – a record since 1992
- Anti-vaccination feelings threaten the immunity of the herd
- If the outbreak continues in the US, the WHO can withdraw the elimination status as early as October
The US may lose its measles elimination status, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) officials revealed Tuesday.
& # 39; There is a reasonable chance that the US will sometimes lose elimination status in October & # 39 ;, said Dr. Nancy Messonnier, CDC director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases. CNN.
In 2000, measles was effectively eliminated by the World Health Organization in the US.
But because of anti-vaccination feelings, the disease has reappeared and so far there have been 1,215 cases of measles this year – the largest number since 1992.
If measles continues to spread and vaccination rates continue to fall, the US is in serious danger of losing WHO disease removal status in October, an official said (file) f
"Losing measles elimination status is a shame, public health will be ashamed – it's like having a black eye," Dr. said. William Shaffner, professor of infectious diseases at Vanderbilt University and CDC adviser against CNN.
In order to obtain a World Health Organization (WHO) elimination status, a country must demonstrate that there are zero or so few cases of a disease each year that are unlikely to be transmitted.
After the measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine (MMR) was commonly used in the US, the transmission and contamination rates were so low that the WHO had eliminated measles.
But since then it has become more common again.
Misinformation campaigns and insular, often highly religious groups have sparked the flames of anti-vaccine sentiment in the US.
A lot of fear for the MMR vaccine stems from a research that has since been invalidated in 1998 in which Andrew Wakefield and his colleagues claimed they had found a link between the shot and autism.
However, celebrities as well as Russian trolls and bots have continued to hold onto the investigation and have pushed the unproven idea through social media channels.
The vaccination rate has therefore fallen sharply in the US, especially in conservative and religious communities such as the orthodox Jewish neighborhood of Wiliamsburg in Brooklyn, New York.
Especially due to the Wililamsburg outbreak, New York has 1,046 of the 1,215 cases across the country this year.
If less than about 95 percent of the population is unvaccinated, the so-called & # 39; herd immunity & # 39; Failure and those who are too young, too old or who have an immune system that is too sick to be able to shoot safely will no longer be protected against collective community immunity from their communities.
The vaccination rate in the US is worrying in this direction, because measles continue to spread in the US, especially since last October.
& # 39; If that stays until the year point – afraid they will remove the elimination card, & # 39; said Dr. Shaffner against CNN.
And he is concerned that this may pose a public health problem not only for the US but for the world.
& # 39; I am concerned that it will reduce the motivation of other health ministers around the world in trying to eliminate measles in their countries, & # 39; he said.
& # 39; They'll say, "Gosh, if the US couldn't sustain it, why would we work so hard on this?"
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