Health officials: More travel, vaccination fears contributed to measles outbreak
BOSTON (MyFoxBoston.com)— Health officials claim an increase in international travel and a decrease in vaccinated people has contributed to the highest measles outbreak the United States has seen in 20 years, reports the Boston Herald.
There have been 288 confirmed measles cases this year in 18 states. Massachusetts reported eight cases, while other states like Ohio had up to 138 cases, according to Center for Disease Control data. This has been the highest outbreak since 1994.
The outbreak warning affects Boston, a city known as an international travel hub. Boston reports around two measles cases per year.
Dr. Anne Schuchat, an assistant surgeon general and director of the CDC's National Center for Immunizations and Respiratory Diseases, told the newspaper travelers who brought the virus back to the U.S. from other countries contributed to the increase.
Less people are getting vaccinated amid fears about reported links to autism. However, health experts warn Americans they are taking a risk by not getting vaccinated. The disease can cause serious problems such as ear infections, pneumonia, and brain swelling in some people. People more prone to these serious problems include pregnant women, infants and those who have weakened immune systems.