Super Bowl measles

Catching something else?

Measles just won’t go away

13 cases of measles have now been tied to two infected people who visited the Super Bowl in Indianapolis the weekend of February 5th. The cases are limited to two counties north of the city, but given the huge number of people from all over who visited Indianapolis for the festivities, public health officials–particularly those in New York and New England, where the Giants and Patriots and their many fans are located–are understandably nervous.

This illustrates the ease with which infectious diseases can travel from place to place these days. The last outbreak of measles in my area started with a European tourist who developed full-blown measles shortly after arrival. Fortunately our public health department was able to contain things quickly.

One more reason to stay on top of your kids’ vaccination needs…

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