Report: Most US Measles Outbreaks This Year Since 1994

Report: Most US Measles Outbreaks This Year Since 1994

In a year in which a flood of illegal immigrants from Central American nations have come across the U.S.-Mexico border, America has seen more measles outbreaks than any year since 1994.

A Business Insider report says measles is making an “alarming comeback” because parents are not vaccinating their kids. But, as the report notes, the New England Journal of Medicine determined that the primary reason for the measles outbreak is that “the virus is rampant in other countries, where it remains a leading cause of death in children.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 603 documented cases of measles have “spread out across 22 states” this year. 

During the illegal immigration crisis, as Breitbart News reportedpublic health officials warned of “invisible travelers,” including measles, tuberculosis, and Chagas disease, that could arrive in the United States. As Business Insider noted, “Measles is one of the most contagious diseases humanity has ever seen” and causes more secondary infections than the Ebola virus. Each Ebola case, according to the report, leads to “about one to two additional cases,” while “a single case of measles can cause up to 18 secondary infections.”

The appearance of the mysterious Polio-like enterovirus, which has killed at last five children across America, has also made public health officials and prominent investigative journalists such as Sharyl Attkisson wonder if the disease is related to the influx of illegal immigrant juveniles who have been released across the country.

As Breitbart News noted, Attkisson cited “a study published in Virology Journal,” which “found EV-D68 among some of the 3,375 young, ill people tested in eight Latin American countries, including the Central American nations of El Salvador and Nicaragua, in 2013.” She also mentioned that the U.S. government is not helping matters by “keeping secret the locations of the illegal immigrant children,” especially when “there are significant numbers of them in both cities in which the current outbreak was first identified, Kansas City, Missouri and Chicago, Illinois.”