Doctors warn of highly-contagious virus that could become a global threat to children

WSB Channel 2 Atlanta
WSB Channel 2 Atlanta

ATLANTA — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are warning that measles is once again a global threat, partly due to the pandemic.

Measles is one of the most contagious known viruses. The CDC said 22 million babies around the world missed their measles vaccines because of the pandemic.

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Measles was declared eliminated in the U.S. in 2000, thanks in large part to vaccines.

But international travelers can bring it into the country and then it can spread among the unvaccinated.

“With just measles vaccine alone, over the past 20 years the estimate is about 32 million lives saved,” Dr. Adam Ratner said. “But none of that is a guarantee and all of that requires constant vigilance and constant ability to deliver vaccines to people who need it.”

The last time there was a big outbreak of measles in the United States with in 2019. More than 1,200 cases were reported, according to the CDC.

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Records from the Georgia Department of Health show that 18 of those cases were here in Georgia.

Measles is still rare. Before 2019, one or two cases were reported in Georgia every couple of years.

Still, doctors are recommending parents check in with their children’s doctors and make sure they are up to date with all vaccines. Adults who were vaccinated for the virus before 1989 may also need to ask their doctors about a booster.

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Carolyn Lantrip

I guess al the ten of thousands Taliban and millions of illegals had all their shots !!! And it’s ok to put these people in our society and no shots!!!!!


Maybe close the borders to the hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens permitted to waltz through without being checked for immunizations then flown and deposited all over the US in the dark of the night. Stop blaming citizens for a crisis the govt is creating. AGAIN.

Julie beamon

this is directly connected to the illegal immigrants coming across the border. they stated that they were coming across with measles. that's where they came from. let's go Brandon.


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