Outbreak of Measles in 2011

According to a Friday April 20th article in The Everett Herald, 2011 was the worst year for measles in the U.S. since 1996.

So far in 2012 there have already been 27 cases reported, but it’s too early to predict whether the situation is going to get worse or not.

Last year, 222 cases were recorded compared to a typical 60 case-year. Main reasons for outbreaks include traveling to the countries that have low vaccination rates and not getting vaccinated due to religious believes, philosophy or medical exemptions.

The report continues:

Officials traced 200 of last year’s 222 cases to measles in another country, said Schuchat, director of the CDC’s Office of Infectious Diseases. The largest outbreak was in the Minneapolis area where 21 cases were traced to a child who got sick after a trip to Kenya.

According to the article, Americans who got measles last year typically were not vaccinated:

At least two-thirds of the U.S. cases fell into that category, including 50 children whose parents got philosophical, religious or medical exemptions to skip the school vaccinations required by most states, CDC officials said.

Before the vaccination was found, an average of 450 to 500 Americans died from measles each year. However, as it is seen now, the numbers of cases are much lower after the implementation.