Amish Measles contained via vaccination strategy

In 2014, the highest number of reported measles cases in the U.S. spread through the North American Amish communities in Ohio, and it could have been much worse if it were not for vaccinations.

A new study, developed by Kimberly Thompson and Kasper Kisjes, modeled the transmission of the disease and outbreak response if no or partial response occurred. The result showed that the response efforts contained the disease as the aggressive response prevented "widespread transmission of measles within the entire North American Amish."

The study also looked toward the future and suggested that increased coverage could suppress further measles outbreaks in not only the Amish communities but the United States as a whole.

"As long as measles viruses circulate anywhere in the world, all populations remain at risk for importations," Thompson, president of Kid Risk Inc. and professor at the University of Central Florida College of Medicine, said. "With sufficient resources and a commitment from enough people in the world to get vaccinated, we could end measles and some other vaccine-preventable diseases permanently."

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