From year to year measles cases can range in number in some years there are more measles cases than usual because of outbreaks. The worst measles epidemic in 20 years is now spreading outward from disneyland in california the anti vaccine movement has created the conditions for the epidemic by spreading fear and misinformation ever since a flawed 1998 study that mistakenly claimed vaccines might cause autism. This article is a list of epidemics of infectious diseasewidespread and chronic complaints such as heart disease and allergy are not included if they are not thought to be infectious. During 1988 through 1990 california experienced its worst measles epidemic in more than a decade with 16400 reported cases 3390 hospital admissions and 75 deaths more than half of the patients were younger than 5 years the highest incidence was among infants younger than 12 months the
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