Contractions of measles—potentially deadly, eminently preventable measles—are increasing logarithmically in the United States, and they are at a 20-year high.
Just in the first months of 2014, from Jan. 1 through May 23, a total of 288 confirmed measles cases have been reported to the CDC, surpassing the highest number of reported cases happening in a full year since the disease was eliminated in the country almost 15 years ago.
The largest number of cases in previous years had occurred during 2011, with 220 cases. The number of cases so far in 2014 is the largest reported in the first five months of a year since 1994, CDC officials said.
What's the cause? Well, measles gets carried into the States by travelers and ravage communities that aren't vaccinated. And lots of states—red and blue—have made it easier to opt out of vaccinations. Whether it's because of Jesus or Jenny McCarthy, lots of people are taking the opportunity... and the risk.
Good job, America! Hit the showers.