Both countries report highest numbers in 15 years
BOSTON — Measles, a preventable disease that has been largely vanquished in the United States, continues to show up sporadically in the population as unvaccinated people traveling to other countries unwittingly bring back infections, researchers report. Data released at a meeting of the Infectious Diseases Society of America show that 2011 has been a bad year for this kind of spread, with the highest number of U.S. measles cases since 1996.
Other data from the meeting indicate that many U.S. pediatricians are doing their best to keep these cases away from their patients, turning away families that refuse to have their children vaccinated — whether against measles or other diseases.
There have been 214 measles cases in the United States so far this year, says epidemiologist Huong McLean of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. Of these patients, 68 were hospitalized and 12 developed pneumonia. Roughly 86 perc