The number of confirmed cases of measles has increased to 64 already in January 2015, and it is believed that this number will rise to its highest in almost 20 years. Missouri residents might want to be aware of two factors that are contributing to this increase, which are young doctors and parents who do not understand the danger.
Measles is a highly contagious and potentially deadly disease that causes fever, pink eye and a rash that starts from the forehead and spreads down the body. In 1961, the year prior to the release of the measles vaccine, 481,530 cases of measles were reported. This number dropped to just 37 cases in 2004, but there has been a steady increase in case numbers since then. As of Jan. 28, 2015, there were outbreaks in California and 11 other states.