The worst measles outbreak in 27 years all through the nation could leave 50,000 students in Wisconsin vulnerable to measles. Measles had been declared eliminated back in 2000.  James Conway, a professor of pediatrics at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health said " “I really do think it’s purely just dumb luck that this hasn’t spread to Wisconsin.”

In 2018 Wisconsin conducted it's most recent county by county immunization study measuring the percentage of 5 and 6 year olds who had received at least 2 doses of the  measles, mumps and rubella vaccine which is the amount needed to fully immunize a child. Not a single county in the state had the 92% threshold of immunizations and 40 of 72 counties had less than 80%.

Saad Omer, director of the Yale Institute for Global Health said " “One of the reasons we’re concerned, is because it’s a very, very unforgiving disease. It’s one of the most infectious diseases we know of.” If a measles outbreak was to occur anyone not vaccinated or with a compromised immune system would have to stay home from school. Infected children could be quarantined up to to 21 days.

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