If the Great American Measles Outbreak of 2015 were to have a watchword, it would probably be "selfish." As in, those "boneheaded," "irresponsible" parents whom experts are calling "incredibly selfish" for choosing not to get their children vaccinated for measles. ("Selfish" is even the title of a measles-themed 2009 episode of Law & Order: SVU.)
On Monday, Georgia became the most recent state to confirm a case of the disease, adding the Peach State to a list of (at least) 14 other states infected by the illness this year. What's different about this development, as WBS-TV Atlanta reported, is that "the infected infant arrived in Atlanta from outside of the U.S."
This case is rare not only because it bucks the American construction of the measles story, but also because it resembles the ongoing measles outbreak in Germany that, as The Washington Post reported, is "about 10 times worse than the one in the United States in January, relative to the total population."
While the Robert Koch Institute says Germany has notched nearly 400 measles cases since October, the outbreak has been linked in part to "asylum seekers from Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Serbia" rather than "reckless" parents on the West Coast.