Throughout the first half of 2019, there have been more measles cases reported than in the past 20 years.
Measles was thought to have been eradicated in the United States in 2000.
However, due to problems at the border between the United States and Mexico, there’s a measles outbreak, compounded by the irresponsible push of some vaccination deniers.
What are the measles statistics?
Cook County, Illinois is one of the counties with the highest number of cases of measles.
Since the beginning of 2019, there have been over 700 cases reported. 23 states have confirmed that they’ve had individual cases.
Some of the states include Texas, Florida, Georgia, Arizona, California, and Nevada. As people travel, the cases spread to other states, which is why even states like Missouri and Tennessee are reporting cases.
An outbreak is defined as three or more cases – and this is taking place in a variety of counties around the country, including Rockland County, NY and LA County, CA.
There are a number of reasons for the measles outbreaks.
This includes an increase in the number of travelers who have measles in another country and bring it into the United States.
There are also pockets of communities across the United States where there are unvaccinated people, causing further spread.
Is the border war the reason for the epidemic?
Many people are pointing to the border war as the reason for the measles epidemic.
To be fair, it’s one of the reasons but it’s not the only reason.
Measles is still relatively common in many parts of the world, including parts of Africa, the South Pacific, Asia, and Europe.
Those who travel continuously bring the disease into the country.
As soon as someone with the measles reaches a community where there are large groups of unvaccinated individuals, it can spread considerably.
Now, there is the question of who is and isn’t vaccinated.
While there are plenty of communities of people who choose not to be vaccinated of their own accord, there are also large numbers of illegal immigrants from Mexico, Guatemala, and other parts of Latin America who are not vaccinated against the measles.
They are one of the reasons why measles is spreading so furiously across the United States.
With insufficient insurance, there is no chance to have them vaccinated anytime in the near future. Plus, they risk going into a hospital or medical facility where they will have to identify that they are in the country illegally.
As the number of measles outbreaks increases, it adds to the argument that the US border needs to be secured more effectively.
Illegal immigration is exacerbating the dangers of this disease.
Legal immigrants are required to receive inoculations, which includes the measles vaccine.
However, illegal immigrants are not receiving these inoculations.
There’s no way to ensure that they are free from measles or any other contagious disease.
If inoculation rates fall below 93% inside of any community, the entire population is at risk.
As illegal immigrants move into communities all across the country, it’s easy to see how the inoculation rates can fall dramatically.
Illegal immigrants are not being screened because they are not being caught by border patrol.
They increase the risk of exposure, particularly when American communities are vulnerable already.
The border patrol estimates that for as many illegal immigrants they catch, there are still thousands of illegal immigrants who make it into the country every single day in areas where the security is nonexistent or extremely weak.
A single infected person can spread measles to dozens of others.
Securing the southern border can ensure that illegal immigrants get the screenings they need so that precautions can be taken. It ensures that disease-carrying individuals are not entering our communities.
The anti-vaccination movement where poorly educated people are choosing not to immunize their children, combined with the border war, is what’s ultimately leading to the measles outbreak.
The disease was eradicated 19 years ago, and here it is 2019 and there have been over 700 cases in the first five months of the year.
It’s only going to get worse by the end of the year because of the continuous influx of illegal immigrants.
Regardless of who gets their way with immigration reform, something has to be done about the measles outbreak.
The illegal immigrants are, potentially, bringing in diseases that Americans have (or haven’t been) vaccinated against.
However, even if they enter communities where there have been enough people vaccinated, they still pose a threat because of weakening the individual and herd immunities.
If the wall were to be built and border security increases, it’s possible to eradicate measles once again.
However, if thousands continue to enter daily, the country doesn’t stand a chance.