] "It is certainly unbelievably frustrating and disturbing for public health that we lose the status of measles elimination because we have a safe and effective vaccine," Messonnier said.
Losing the status of measles elimination would be a black eye for US public health experts
These two outbreaks were mostly children in the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community whose parents refused to to vaccinate her.
Twenty-nine Other states have had measles outbreaks in the last twelve months, but they have been much shorter-lived than New York.
According to Messonnier, the CDC plans to publish a detailed explanation on the status of measles removal next week.
It could also have worldwide effects. Spiegel, a former high-ranking UN refugee agency official, said that this could undermine US long-standing efforts to persuade other countries to double their vaccination.
"If we can not look after our own backyard, how can we tell others what to do?" He said.
Polio held for a shirt
Nobody foresaw what would follow.  Venezuela lost its status as a measles remover in 2018, followed by Brazil earlier this year.
Economic and political upheavals were at stake in these countries.
For the United States it was Facebook and Twitter.
These parents typically live in clusters such as the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community in New York, which promotes the spread of measles
While social media is a part of parents' everyday lives, the consequences of diseases are prevented by vaccinations can be devastating in the distant past infectious diseases.
"This is a true story, at one of these meetings I talked about polio and a mother asked me – and this is a complete quote – why are you suddenly talking about shirts?" It took a minute, but I realized she thought I was talking about polo shirts, "said Schaffner." This was a woman with a college education in the business world, and she had not come across the concept of polio. She may be an outlier – but maybe not. I think it actually sheds light on the problem. "
" Not our most beautiful hour "
Looking back, public health experts are missing out on ways to tackle this problem.
Schaffner called them but could not effectively communicate how dangerous diseases such as measles can be.
These "good guys," he said, included groups like the CDC and medical circles.
"I think that was not our best hour," Schaffner said. 19659011] Dr William Moss, an infectious disease pediatrician at Johns Hopkins, agrees.