There have been more measles cases in the United States the first five months of 2019 than there were in all of 1992. That’s when the last large outbreak occurred.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said yesterday that there had been 971 known cases of measles in the United States so far this year. That is eight more cases than in 1992.
The center pointed to a continuing outbreak in New York City and Rockland County, New York, as posing a particular public health threat.
Officials point to the spread of misinformation about vaccines and the idea that vaccines cause autism. This has caused parents not to have their children vaccinated.
The CDC says that if the current outbreak continues into the summer and fall, the United States could lose its “measles elimination status,” meaning the disease would be considered endemic in the country for the first time in a generation.