Measles is no longer endemic to the Americas

Some good news in the fight against vaccine preventable diseases.
The Americas (both North and South) have been declared free of measles. This is a huge step in permanently ending this disease.
Measles appears to have evolved from Rinderpest (cattle plague) sometime after 500 AD. Rinderpest was declared permanently eradicated in 2011.
At one time, measles was more feared than smallpox. When European explorers arrived in the Americas in the late 15th and early 16th centuries, they brought diseases like smallpox and measles with them. These illnesses devastated the Native Americans, causing a drop in population that may have been as much as 90%. According to Wikipedia, “Measles killed 20 percent of Hawaii’s population in the 1850s. In 1875, measles killed over 40,000 Fijians, approximately one-third of the population. In the 19th century, the disease killed 50% of the Andamanese population. It has also been revealed that measles disables the immune system, leaving victims vulnerable to infections they previously had immunity to.
Hopefully, measles will soon join smallpox and rinderpest as diseases of history.

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