CDC Updates Measles Elimination Status In U.S.
CDC SAYS IT ANTICIPATES THE U.S. WILL MAINTAIN ITS MEASLES ELIMINATION STATUS.
Kansas City, MO (KSHB) – After more than 1,200 measles cases this year, the U.S. was in jeopardy of losing its elimination status on the disease.
But Thursday the CDC said it expects the country to keep that distinction.
The World Health Organization granted it that status back in 2000.
But the WHO can remove it if the U.S. sees a measles outbreak that lasts at least a year.
Public health experts have said losing that status would be a black eye on the U.S.
New York has been dealing with a measles outbreak since October 2018.
But Thursday the State Health Department declared it no longer has any active cases connected to that outbreak.