Following last week’s report from the World Health Organization comes an advisory on measles cases from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
According to the agency, the United States is expected to break its current all-time record number of measles cases — and the new record high may happen within weeks, not months.
The news comes amid deadly measles outbreaks in multiple countries.
Measles, a disease that can be prevented via two doses of a vaccation, has seen a resurgence around the world, including in nations where vaccination levels are high.
This uptick in cases is blamed largely on clusters of people who refuse to get vaccinated, at least in the US, putting a large number of children at risk.
Measles was declared eliminated from the United States in the year 2000 — eliminated, in this case, means that there was no continuous disease transmission experienced for more than a full year.