How worried should you be about the measles outbreak?

CDC urges vaccinations as cases surge in the US and around the world

Stars Insider

20/03/24 | StarsInsider

HEALTH Disease

Back in 2000, measles was declared eradicated in the US. That all changed less than 20 years later, when a measles epidemic took hold in 2019. The number of cases reached a high not seen since 1992, the majority of which were attributed to unvaccinated children. A highly infectious disease, cases have been reported each year since 2019 and the world has been experiencing a major increase since 2023. More than a dozen US states have reported cases of the illness since the start of 2024, and experts attribute the outbreak to increased travel and lower vaccination rates in children since the COVID-19 pandemic. 

It looks like measles cases are on the rise around the world. But how dangerous is it? And what should you do if you think you have symptoms?

Click through this gallery to discover how dangerous measles is.

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