Listen: United States, CDC And Peter O'connor discussed on Pat Walsh
"Peter O'Connor is a pediatrician and the disease that he's talking about is measles. It was largely radically in the US twenty years ago. There were only nine hundred eleven cases of it in the first ten years of the century today. The CDC says we are half way to that number. Just the first four months of this year. I talked with ABC news correspondent Ryan burrow about what's going on. Fifty five so far this year last year, we only had three hundred seventy two. So we've obviously surpassed that the record post two thousand one initially the CDC thought that we had completely white to the threat of measles out of the United States. We're not far from the record which was set in twenty four teen at six hundred sixty seven hours for the full year. We're at five hundred fifty five right now. So the spread has continued. We've seen it pop up in states like Michigan New York, and yes, California's well, and so what's behind this traumatic rise. The health people. I've talked to there are a couple of factors number one is spreading internationally, and what the World Health Organization is determined is where we're at right now. The outbreak is three hundred times I should say three hundred percent rather what it was last year at this time. So it is definitely up from last year. And number two, they point to these pockets of anti vaccine is what they call them. People who are refusing to either vaccinate themselves vaccinate their children, an increase spike in those in certain pockets of the United States, also contributing to what we're seeing right now and does the CDC project where we're headed. I mean, this is a near record year. Do they have any idea where this is likely to lead? Projections. They've only looked back into this point only tabulated the results as of April eleventh that's the last day. And that's when they added the the ninety more over the last week. But if you just look at graphically since two thousand to the point where they thought they had measles altogether. We are definitely trending in a way that puts us at least in step with if not higher than what we saw in twenty fourteen with that, spike."