Why New North Carolina Measles Cases Worries Health Officials

Cases of measles have seen a sharp increase in recent years.

— -- A case of red measles, also known as Rubeola, was diagnosed earlier this week in Moorseville, North Carolina -- worrying health officials and highlighting the renewed threat of measles in this country.

“People without gray hair forget that before vaccines became available, measles used to kill approximately 400 children a year in this country,” he said.

The majority of people at risk for measles are unvaccinated, Schaffner pointed out. Traveling to countries where there are large outbreaks also increases the risk, according to the CDC.

“Those of us who remember what it was like before immunization helped eradicate this disease are aghast that someone would not vaccinate,” Schaffner said.