Measles Cases Surge in the US, WHO Raises Alarm with a 79% Increase Compared to 2022

Measles Cases Surge in the US, WHO Raises Alarm with a 79% Increase
Measles Cases Surge in the US, WHO Raises Alarm with a 79% Increase

United States: With a surge in measles cases in the United States, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has shared concerning data, which quoted that the cases linked to measles have been increasing at the pace of 79 percent, as compared to 2022. The stats have been shared by the International Health Agency after reporting more than 306,000 cases linked to measles last year.

Addressing a news conference on Tuesday, the health agency noted that the experts have not done an overview of the deaths linked to measles, but there are expectations that an increase in fatalities due to the disease might be recorded.

In the reports by CBS News, the technical adviser of the World Health Organisation – Natasha Crowcroft, mentioned, “In 2022, the number of deaths increased by 43%, according to our models, to more than 130,000 deaths occurring from measles.”

She further continued by saying that with the increasing numbers, “we would anticipate an increase in deaths in 2023 as well.”

Concerning measles cases in the United States!

This announcement by the WHO has been released after a cluster of measles cases was reported at a district school in Florida. The cluster of cases has put the people on high alert.

As per various reports, Broward County Public Schools confirmed a measles-linked case at Manatee Bay Elementary School on Friday. This announcement was then followed by another announcement, which stated that three additional cases had been reported overnight. The count then reached up to four (4) – raising the concerns and worries of the health authorities.

After reading the current status of the disease in the United States, the health authorities mentioned that there is a possibility that the cases are just the beginning of an outbreak. The newly reported cases have raised more concerns because the disease was eradicated from the United States more than two (2) decades ago. The experts have mentioned that the major reason behind the sudden upsurge in the cases is the low vaccination rate.

Visual Representation for a kid getting MMR vaccine | Credits: iStock

In this regard, the program director of Internal Medicine Residency at HCA FL Northwest and Westside Hospitals – Dr Pallavi Aneja, said, “The way this viral illness spreads, we foresee that the number of unvaccinated children, the immune-compromised, we will start to see an increase in those numbers definitely,” as per CBS News Miami.

Along with this, Penn State University biologist and infectious disease researcher – Matt Ferrari also addressed the concern. Previously, during an interaction with CBS, he mentioned, “I think it’s concerning to me as a human being,” adding, “It also has a population-level consequence. The more individuals that are around who are unvaccinated, the more potential there is for disease to spread and to establish transmission that will give rise to outbreaks that will stick around for a long time.”

Additionally, Crowcroft said that there are chances that 2024 will be “very challenging.” She was quoted saying, “One of the ways we predict what’s going to happen in terms of outbreaks and cases is looking at the distribution of unimmunized children.”

Visual Representation for rashes caused due to Measles | Credits: Google

Further, she emphasized, “We can see from data that are produced with WHO data by the US CDC that more than half of all the countries in the world will be at high or very high risk of outbreaks by the end of this year.”

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