Measles outbreaks: What to know about growing concern

Public health experts are raising concern about the growing number of measles outbreaks across the United States, saying that unvaccinated children are most at risk of contracting severe disease.

“Those of us in healthcare are definitely leaning into this and paying attention,” Patricia Stinchfield, president of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases, told the Washington Examiner.

Stinchfield, who has over four decades of experience in pediatric nursing and has overseen measles epidemic response teams, said the medical community should be on “high alert” as cases pop up across the country.

As of Friday, eight states have reported at least one case of measles in 2024. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recorded only 16 cases as of Jan. 25, when the agency issued a warning to clinicians to be aware of the symptoms
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