Measles Cases Reaching Highest Number In Decades; Outbreak Shows No Signs Of Slowing Down
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Measles cases are approaching numbers the United States hasn’t seen in 20 years. The number of measles cases in the United States is approaching the record, with 70 new cases reported, for the decade in a four-month time span, according to new data released Monday.
Pediatrician Dr. Jeffery Avner is on the front lines of a measles outbreak that is showing no signs of slowing down.
“When you see a disease that is preventable with a vaccination, it is somewhat disheartening,” said Avner, the Chair of Pediatrics at Maimonides Children’s Hospital of Brooklyn.
His hospital in Brooklyn has treated nine cases of measles so far, including an adult and a child who ended up in the intensive care unit.
‘Parents don’t really understand risks of measles because it’s become such a rare disease, but measles does have very serious complications. One in 20 children with measles get pneumonia, which by the way, is the most common cause of death,” Avner said.