Washington has become the recent state to be inflicted with the Measles outbreak. A situation like this has appeared quite a number of times in the past before.
If, however, no precautionary measures are taken, then the severity of the problem can increase.
The Measles outbreak has rather surprised medical scientists all over the United States. Particularly because, in 2000, CDC declared the condition to have eliminated from the country.
So far, 40 cases have been registered in the past week. Yet, experts in the field believe that more people will soon be engulfed with the problem. As a consequence of the situation, a public health emergency has been declared in the two states.
Only about last year about 350 cases were reported of17 outbreaks in different parts of the country, The figure is the second highest in the entire history of the US.
There are certainly a number of questions that subsequently arise from this alarming situation. In the first case scenario, people will tend to ask why Measles outbreak is so hard to stop?
Let us look at some of the possible explanations.
The USA welcomes thousands of tourists
Yes, measles is contagious. Meaning by they can easily spread from one person to the other. Often, the reported cases occur when the local citizen comes in contact with a foreign infected person.
For example, consider the outbreak that happened in New York and New Jersey. The probable cause was linked with the travellers originating from the Ukraine and Israel.
It is important to acknowledge the USA as a tourist hub. People from all over the world will visit the country all year around. Hotels, public places, monuments are always crowded with foreigners. Yet, we fail to realize the consequences that can result due to the large influx of tourists.
It may be possible that out of hundreds of people in one place, one or two may be the carrier. So even if measles were declared eliminated from the US, they are still a major concern in other parts of the world. People from these different parts may be coming in with the condition as a result infecting local citizens.
Therefore, it is imperative for the Health Department to enforce strict travel regulations.
Lower vaccination rate
Another major issue relates to the problem of logistics and low vaccination rate. Simply put, people don’t bother getting themselves vaccinated!
Considering the current outbreak, 34 out of 40 patients had never been vaccinated for measles. This is an extremely alarming situation since there is no substitute for proper vaccination. It ensures that in the presence of foreign invaders, the body is able to produce the right antibodies to counter the threat.
In the state of Washington alone,78 per cent of the locals have never gotten vaccinated for measles. Which in a wider scheme of things put them at a greater risk of infliction due to the outbreak.
It is high time that public health officials improve their logistics situation to neutralize the threat. A wide awareness campaign should be carried out to highlight the importance of vaccination.