Anti-VAX Rally as US Tops 25-Year Record, Risks Losing Measles Elimination Status

    Anti-vaccination protesters held another rally of misinformation and conspiracy theories in New York, at the same time the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that the US has broken a 25-year record by exceeding 1,000 cases of measles this year.

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    Rally Held in One of the Cities Hit Hardest by Measles

    Coincidentally, the anti-VAX rally was held in New York, one of the hardest hit cities by measles this year, with at least 566 confirmed cases.

    Federal health officials say that America is experiencing its worst outbreak of measles in 25 years – since 1994, where the previous record reached 963 cases.

    Nearly 2 decades ago, the United States had officially eliminated measles. However, before we hit the 20-year mark, the US may lose that status. Elimination isn’t about the number of cases, it is based on time.

    Outbreaks Have Been Steadily Persistent

    “Elimination,” as defined by the World Health Organization (WHO), takes into consideration the absence of endemic measles, which looks at the continued transmission of the disease within a specific country for over 12 months.

    Given the fact that the ongoing outbreaks which have occurred in New York State have been steadily persistent for the past eight months, should this persist past the next four months, this would cause the US to lose its status as a measles-eliminated country.