The United States might lose Measles elimination status

The United States might lose Measles elimination status


According to Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, there is a high possibility that the United States of America might lose the measles elimination status.

“It certainly is incredibly frustrating and upsetting to the public health community that we may lose measles elimination status, because we do have a safe and effective vaccine,” Messonnier said. It was one of the major achievements of United States to eliminate measles in 2000. Losing this status would be a black mark for the country.

The measles free status of a country will be removed WHO if the disease spreads in the country for more than a year. The measles outbreak started in 20 September 2018 in New York City and has more than 600 confirmed cases. Even though many other states had a measles outbreak they were short lived. Losing measles elimination status “is a big deal in terms of reputation and prestige,” said Dr. Paul Spiegel, director of the Center for Humanitarian Health at Johns Hopkins University.

The anti vaccine sentiment has contributed hastily to increase measles. “This is a true story. At one of these meetings I was talking about polio, and a mother asked me – – and this is a complete quote — ‘Why are you suddenly talking about shirts?’ It took me a minute, but I realized she thought I was talking about polo shirts,”  says Dr. William Schaffner, a longtime adviser to the CDC on vaccine issues. “This was a college-educated woman out in the business world and she hadn’t come across the concept of polio. She may be a bit of an outlier — but maybe not. I think she actually illuminates the problem.”

In the Rockland County there had been an outbreak which produced three hundred cases and most of them from ultra-Orthodox Jewish communities who were not ready to vaccine their children