"Morbillivirus measles infection" by CDC/Dr. Heinz F. Eichenwald / Public Domain

How the US Veered Off the Path to Measles Elimination

May 10, 2019

By Yasemin Saplakoglu

Nearly two decades ago, measles was eliminated from the U.S.

But the highly contagious disease is back, due in part to anti-vaccine ideologies. Since January,there have been more than 760 cases of measles in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Now, the country, once having crossed the “finish line” on the typical path to measles elimination, is moving backward, according to a new study published today (May 9) in the journal Science.

In the study, researchers analyzed three decades of global data from the World Health Organization (WHO) on measles cases and vaccination rates. They found that countries tend to follow a very predictable path as they work toward eliminating the disease.

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