(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.
Maimonides 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 the 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 – the Chair of Pediatrics at Maimonides Children’s Hospital of Brooklyn told CNS news.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is now reporting 626 cases of the highly contagious virus in 22 states, including New Jersey and Delaware.
Some experts are concerned with Pesach this week there will be an increase in measles cases after the holiday in the coming weeks.