JAMA Pediatrics reports on U.S. elimination of measles and rubella
An expert panel from the CDC recently confirmed that measles and rubella have been eliminated from the United States. JAMA Pediatrics, however, said that while the disease may be considered eliminated, that does not mean that there are zero cases of measles or rubella.
The U.S. is the most populated country to report an elimination of measles and rubella. Current cases of measles and rubella have been confirmed, however, and are said to be due to travels outside of the country.
The diseases are considered eliminated because there have been no cases of sustained transmission for 12 months or longer. JAMA attributes the sustained success to a sound vaccination program - one that needs continue to keep the diseases under control.
Mark Grobowsky, a medical doctor quoted in JAMA's response to the CDC's announcement, called the success of the elimination of measles and rubella a "vindication of the U.S. vaccination strategy."
JAMA reported that the elimination of measles has been sustained for more than a decade in the U.S.; it attributes this success to effective vaccines. Since 2001, reported cases of measles have stayed below one per one million. Confirmed cases of rubella remain less than one per 10 million.