One of the biggest health achievements in the nation's history could be in jeopardy. Measles was eliminated in 2000 by The World Health Organization and now the Centers for Disease and Control says there is a reasonable chance the United States will lose that status.
A measles outbreak in New York started September of 2018 and there have been outbreaks in 29 other states in the past year. WHO removes the elimination status when measles has been spreading continuously for a year.
Dr. William Schaffner, infectious disease specialist and longtime adviser to the CDC on vaccine issues says, “We’re embarrassed. We’re chagrined.”
It's reported that the CDC plans to release a statement next week about the country's measles elimination status.