June 26, 2019
Thanks to the anti-vaxxer movement, the number of measles cases in the United States has reached 1,077, making the current outbreak the worst the country has seen in more than 25 years. Just last week there were 33 recorded cases, 30 of which took place in New York state alone.
The good news is that measles was declared eliminated in the United States in 2000 (“eliminated” means there was no continuous transmission of the disease for a year).
The bad news is that the CDC is warning that the U.S. risks losing its measles elimination status if the ongoing outbreak, which began in October 2018 in New York, continues until October 2019.