Measles Outbreak 2019: Cases Triple Worldwide, NY Hit The Worst

The measles outbreak has taken the world by storm as cases rise up to a whopping 700 percent in Africa alone. The numbers continue to rise in the U.S. that it urged health officials to implement mandatory vaccinations. Experts also point the blame at misinformation and poverty.

For three succeeding weeks, US health officials announced that measles cases have reached 555 which is the highest in five years. This showed a 90 percent increase in patients with the highly-contagious disease and has infected about 20 states in the U.S. In Africa alone, BBC reported that there is a dramatic 700 percent rise in measles cases with no signs of slowing down.

The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the measles outbreak as a clear trend with all regions of the world. Countries significantly affected by the epidemic are Ukraine, Madagascar and India where the numbers have reached tens of thousands per million people.

Similar measles outbreaks occurred in Europe where measles cases have tripled. It was shown that YouTube ‘anti-vax’ videos and advertisements were to blame for the rising number of parents who refused to have their children vaccinated. In fact, WHO heads, Henrietta Fore and Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus conveyed to CNN that the world is currently experiencing a measles crisis and that misleading information is the primary cause of this.

In April 2018 alone, the deadly disease has infected 90 people even after health officials declared in 2000 that the U.S. has rid of measles altogether, as per Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The epidemic was said to spread dramatically in Amish communities in Ohio which accounted for half of the measles cases recorded to date. The spread was caused by the refusal of members of this community to opt for measles vaccines as this practice goes against their religious beliefs. Nonetheless, New York City officials declared a public health emergency and ordered mandatory measles vaccinations among Ultra-Orthodox Jews in Brooklyn.

Measles is one of the most contagious viruses in the world. Two contributory factors to the measles outbreak this 2019 is misinformation and poverty. It was found that poorer countries were more susceptible to the virus since fewer people are vaccinated in their populations.