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Johns Hopkins: Alumnus Featured in NPR Story on Measles Prevention

Dr. René F. Najera, an alumnus of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, was featured in a recent National Public radio (NPR) public health segment, “Is Measles Here to Stay?” Dr. Najera, who received his DrPH from the Bloomberg School in 2018, told NPR, “Statistically speaking, once we get above 1,000 cases of measles, we’re going to have a death. For an entirely preventable disease, that’s unacceptable.” Dr. Najera, an epidemiologist and the editor of the vaccine education website History of Vaccines, also told NPR, “We are getting very close to a tipping point. If cases continue to escalate, the U.S. could lose its elimination status.”

As the NPR piece explains, “A disease is considered eliminated from a country when it can no longer be contracted within its borders, though cases tied to international travel — like those that have happened since 2000 — can still occur.” Measles has been considered eliminated in the U.S. since 2000, as decreed by the Pan American Health Organization. This year, outbreaks in 22 states have driven the number of measles cases in the U.S. to over 700.

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