Measles outbreak of 2011
Pierce, Marcia M. Department of Biological Sciences, Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, Kentucky.
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Measles is a highly infectious and communicable disease that is caused by the measles virus, which is a member of the genus Morbillivirus. After the measles vaccine was first introduced in the United States in the 1960s, the incidence of measles began to decrease. Despite the effectiveness of this vaccine, the number of cases has been increasing in recent years, culminating in a severe outbreak of 223 cases in 2011. This outbreak is believed to have resulted from parents failing to have their children vaccinated, making it easy for the virus to spread among the vulnerable population.
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