Measles in the United States – 1
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. I’m Joe Balintfy. Measles is an infectious disease caused by a virus.
Fauci: It is very, very easily spread from person to person by the respiratory route.
Narrator: Dr. Anthony Fauci at the NIH explains that before widespread vaccination, measles caused close to 50,000 hospitalizations, 3 to 4 million cases, and between 400 and 500 deaths.
Fauci: And I think what people don’t fully appreciate is that because we’ve been so successful in eliminating measles, for the most part as a year-round threat, people tend to forget or never even realize that it can be a really serious disease.
Narrator: For more about measles, including vaccination and incidence, visit www.cdc.gov. Health Matters is produced by the National Institutes of Health, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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