UNICEF has reported that measles cases worldwide have surged 300% the first three months 2019. UNICEF's report came on the same day that the USA's Centers Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that confirmed measles cases the U.S. are the highest they've been since the disease was declared eradicated in 2000. UNICEF reported that an estimated 169 million children worldwide have missed on measles vaccines. It added that 110,000 people (mostly children) died measles in 2017, 22 per cent from the year before. UNICEF said: "The measles virus will always find unvaccinated children....We need to vaccinate every child, rich and poor countries alike."
The CDC blamed the anti-vaxxer (anti-vaccination) movement a drop in the number parents vaccinating their children. The anti-vaccination movement began France in 1763, when doctors believed vaccines were harmful. The anti-vaxxer message is now being widely spread social media websites. Facebook has vowed to take anti-vaxxer posts. The CDC blamed the anti-vaxxer movement the rise in measles cases. It said: "A significant factor contributing to the outbreaks...is misinformation... the safety the measles vaccine. Some organizations are deliberately targeting...communities with inaccurate and misleading information vaccines."