Measles cases hit 25-year high in US amid anti-vaxx movement
Number of cases approaches 700 as experts warn other vaccine-preventable illnesses could see a comeback
Measles in the US has climbed to its highest level in 25 years, closing in on 700 cases this year in a resurgence largely attributed to misinformation that is turning parents against vaccines.
“This is alarming,” said Dr William Schaffner, a Vanderbilt University vaccine expert. Not only is measles dangerous in itself, but its return could mean other vaccine-preventable diseases seemingly consigned to the past might return as well, he said.