Note: Dark blue areas indicate states where measles cases have been confirmed
The elimination of measles in the United States benefits from the widespread availability and use of measles, mumps and rubella vaccines, which are divided into two doses for children. However, the rise of the anti-vaccine campaign and the widespread misinformation available on the Internet have led to a decline in vaccination levels, which has led to an increase in the number of cases of the disease in the country.
Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the National Center for CDC Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, issued a warning in an interview with the media.
According to reports released by officials, the two outbreaks in the United States were concentrated in Jewish Orthodox communities, where parents refused to vaccinate their children. The disease is highly contagious, putting at risk infants who have not yet been vaccinated and all those who have not. The CDC warns that as children return to school, they will increase the likelihood of the virus and the number of cases may surge in the coming weeks.