"The alarming increase in measles cases and deaths globally is a clear warning sign," Dr. John Brownstein tells ABC News.
According to a new report from the World Health Organization and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of measles cases worldwide rose by 18% from 2021 to 2022, and the number of deaths rose by 43%.
In the US, 41 measles cases have been reported so far this year, with 1,274 cases reported in 31 statesthe highest number reported since 1992.
Most of the cases were among young people who were not vaccinated, and most outbreaks occur in groups of people who are not up to date on their vaccines.
In the US, children under the age of 4 need two doses of the measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine, or MMR, for best protection.
There were an estimated 9 million cases worldwide in 2022 and 136,000 deaths, mostly among children.
The report found that 37 countries experienced large outbreaks in 2022 compared to 22 countries in 2021.
The majority of the countries with outbreaks were located in Africa, as well as a handful in the Eastern Mediterranean region.
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