It's a disease that was declared to be eliminated across the U.S. just 13 years ago.
But anti-vaccination beliefs may be playing a role in bringing the measles disease back, and putting you at risk.
Just this week the center for disease control reported having diagnosed 159 cases of the measles virus across 16 states, and their reports showed that about 82 percent of the people diagnosed were never even vaccinated for it.
Now in case you were worried the measles virus has not made it's way back into our area as of now. So why should you be worried?
Well measles is a respiratory disease caused by a virus, that spreads through breathing, coughing, and sneezing. Most times it is associated with a serious rash, and fever.
While measles has slowly disappeared in the U.S. over the last few decades, local health officials warn that it's still a worldwide health problem that can be be spread very quickly.
"We are a vaccine dependent culture. We have become that in the United States. Vaccines are our way to minimize resurgence of disease, and to control disease that we have a means to control, and measles is certainly one of them." said Dr, Mark Povroznik, Chief Quality Officer, and Chairman of Infection Control at the United Hospital Center.
While many people still argue on whether or not vaccinations are the right path of care, the CDC, and local health officials still recommend you receive them to protect you and your family from the potential spread of disease.
Sep 15, 2013 at 8:48 AMSo, according to the story's own statistics, 18 percent DID have the vaccine and got the disease anyway. Why do they never want to discuss that?