Measles outbreak continues to grow, but no cases in Ohio yet; doctors blame spread on misinformation, complacency

Centers for Disease Control reports that the number of cases in 2019 are already the second most in 25 years.

Measles outbreak continues to grow, but no cases in Ohio yet; doctors blame spread on misinformation

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Measles, a perfectly preventable disease, is finding a foothold in pockets around the country, and making some people who have not been vaccinated very sick.

Dr. Camille Sabella, an infectious disease specialist with the Cleveland Clinic, is troubled by the outbreak of measles.

“There is a complacency that these one-time diseases are no longer around, or that they were never severe in the first place,” Dr. Sabella said. “I think because of that parents are more reluctant to vaccinate their kids, and I think we’re starting to see some of the adverse effects of that.”

If you have been vaccinated for measles, you have only a 3% chance of getting infected, and even if you did, you could expect a much milder case.

Dr. Frank Esper, of the Cleveland Clinic, believes some parents are buying into the misinformation about vaccines.

“These vaccines are well shown to be safe. We have tested them, we have followed children who have had these vaccines and we know how safe they are," Dr. Esper said.

In severe cases of measles, a patient can contract pneumonia or in some cases encephalitis, but all patients will have a fever and the telltale measles rash.

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