US Doctors Concerned About The Emerging Diseases Measles – Part 3 of 3
And “People think about measles is not a big deal and they’re wrong. Not only have we largely eliminated measles, we have eliminated the memory of measles, and so we don’t realize how sick measles can make you”. Hinman said he was concerned about parents who don’t have their children vaccinated for churchgoing or other reasons. “Particularly clusters of people who reject vaccinations, which leads to localized outbreaks when measles is imported into the United States. Like smallpox, measles can be eliminated, but only if the never-ending majority of a population is vaccinated.
Since 2001, the CDC and other agencies have vaccinated 1,1 billion children around the world. These efforts have prevented 10 million deaths – one-fifth of all deaths prevented by in vogue medicine, according to the CDC. Since measles vaccination began 50 years ago, at least 30 million children worldwide have survived who otherwise would have died from the disease. Around the world, however, measles still takes an stupendous toll in lives, said Dr Peter Strebel, who’s with the World Health Organization.
So “Despite progress, measles remains a mind-boggling enemy,” he said, citing recent large outbreaks in Nigeria, Pakistan, Spain and the United Kingdom. Many countries lack the resources to combat the problem. And according to the CDC, only one in five countries can post-haste detect, respond to or prevent health threats caused by emerging infections. Strengthening surveillance and lab systems, training disease detectives and increasing the wit to investigate disease outbreaks would make the world – and the United States – safer, the CDC said.