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Journal of Applied Sciences
  Year: 2016 | Volume: 16 | Issue: 9 | Page No.: 395-405
DOI: 10.3923/jas.2016.395.405
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Fall and Rise of Measles

Rishi Kalia, Ravi Kalia, Raquib Zaman and Venkateswara Mudunuru

Measles, as defined in the Merriam-Webster’s dictionary is an acute contagious disease that is caused by a morbillivirus measles virus and is marked especially by an eruption of distinct red circular spots. In the past 20 years, there has been an increase in confirmed cases of measles, spreading amongst different areas across the globe. Most recently, it has been prominent in the Asian countries, such as China, Philippines and Vietnam. A study that has been published on this topic has supported the assertion that measles is spreading through ways of immigration. Official reports state that travelling serves as a vehicle to transport the disease into new areas, which has only added to the outbreak in conjunction with lowering vaccination levels. Some actions by the World Health Organization (WHO) have been able to successfully combat the rise of the disease, while others have not had the same luck. The disease has endured a few outbreaks in the United States due to negligence and the lack of vaccination reports from immigrants. While each country has had their own way of acknowledging the spread of the disease, there has not been much done in terms of comparing the outbreaks against different continental regions. In an attempt to better understand the patterns behind the disease’s rampant emergence and gradual decline, this study serves to bridge the gaps between these two fields. It can be argued that the spread of measles may be further contained through proper education of the public on realistic factors of vaccinations, while shining a revealing light on the current criticisms of vaccinations. This study was include some statistical data including graphs on the current rises and falls of measles cases reported in each country (i.e., United States, China, Philippines and Vietnam) as well as the reasons behind each outbreak, in addition to what has been done to combat each issue.
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Rishi Kalia, Ravi Kalia, Raquib Zaman and Venkateswara Mudunuru, 2016. Fall and Rise of Measles. Journal of Applied Sciences, 16: 395-405.

DOI: 10.3923/jas.2016.395.405






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