Measles Threat Grows as 22 Million Infants Worldwide Missed Vaccine Due to COVID Pandemic

Findings released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week highlight the renewed threat of another possible measles outbreak.

According to the CDC, 22 million babies worldwide did not get the measles vaccine as a result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The measles is known for being highly contagious and can spread through coughing and sneezing.

“Measles is one of the most contagious of all infectious diseases; up to 9 out of 10 susceptible persons with close contact to a measles patient will develop measles. The virus, which is deadly in rare cases, is transmitted by direct contact with infectious droplets or by airborne spread when an infected person breathes, coughs, or sneezes. Measles virus can remain infectious in the air for up to two hours after an infected person leaves an area,” the health agency reported on its site

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