Diseases and Illnesses

Measles outbreaks have returned with a vengeance

Measles has returned with fierceness after being eliminated in many countries at the turn of the century. According to the World Health Organization, there has been a 30 percent global increase of this preventable malady in the last 4-5 years as fewer children have been vaccinated for the disorder. In 2018, the United States had the second greatest number of cases confirmed since the infection was eradicated in 2000, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Health officials attribute this development to public complacency about the need for widespread immunization, a rise in the anti-vaccination movement, and foreign travel associated with exposure to the...