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The current global measles outbreak, mapped – Quartz

The current global measles outbreak, mapped – Quartz

The World Health Organization (WHO) reports there are more than 112,000 confirmed cases of measles worldwide, as of this month—a 300% increase from the 28,124 cases this time last year.The actual number of people afflicted is certainly higher. The WHO only collects data on cases confirmed through lab testing or clinical visits. There are likely thousands who never seek medical attention.The virus causes severe flu-like symptoms and a characteristic bumpy rash. There is no cure, and the best course of action is to try to treat symptoms as they come. Usually not fatal in wealthy countries, it can cause permanent loss of sight. In poorer countries, the risks of dying are much greater.QuartzA map of current measles cases.Why this year’s measles outbreak is biggerThere are two main factors. First, there’s been a global trend of skeptical parents failing to get their children vaccinated due to false concerns about their safety. Measles has become largely preventable through two shots administered during childhood. In 2000, the federal Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said that the virus had been eliminated in the US. Yet there have been more than 700 cases recorded in 22 states this year.The WHO estimates that globally, only about 85% of people have received a first vaccine dose and only 67%
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Publish date : 2019-05-25T11:30:00Z

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