The Trump administration released its Global Health Security Strategy, the first full-fledged strategy of its kind, on May 9. This comes at a time when non-deadly measles outbreaks are on the rise, but more importantly, emerging deadly viruses threaten to become international crises.

It is in the interest of the United States to strengthen global health security and manage the risk of infectious disease outbreaks.

Worldwide outbreaks

In the past 15 years, there’s been an increase in the number of naturally occurring outbreaks, such as influenza, Ebola, Zika, and Rift Valley fever. In 1981, there was the infamous HIV/AIDS outbreak that affected millions worldwide.

The risk of an accidental or deliberate release of a contagious pathogen is something U.S. government agencies are working to avoid. Many infectious diseases have been spread from animal to humans, but can be prevented from spreading needlessly. 

The Strategy’s first line of defense is reaching out to other nations and creating a strong global network that will work in tandem to detect and mitigat outbreaks as early as possible.

As populations increase, and nations develop and refine their infrastructures, deadly outbreaks threaten to endanger lives and disrupt economies, travel, trade, and food supplies worldwide.

The Strategy’s main focus is protecting the health, security, and prosperity of the United States, while also remaining the vanguard to the world in assisting other nations through health advocacy and medical aid, charitable donations, military defense, trade, and so on.

U.S. contagious outbreak

While some countries struggle with isolated but scary outbreaks of the deadliest pathogens around, the United States is experiencing a measles outbreak.

Although the measles is not deadly, it is contagious, and there have been concentrated outbreaks in at least 23 states in the past year. There has been only one reported death from the measles in the nation since 2015.

While the measles cannot be considered deadly, it is bothersome and has provoked strong reactions from proponents of vaccine immunity. In New York City, health officials ordered measles vaccinations to be mandatory, and in mid-April, a judge upheld that order.

Many cases of the measles in New York were centered in Orthodox Jewish communities in Brooklyn. In the United States, most states allow religious exemptions from vaccinations, but the city’s mandatory order removed that option for New Yorkers.

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