Measles in the United States – 5
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. I’m Joe Balintfy. According to the CDC, between 2001 and 2010 there have only been about 60 cases of measles reported each year. A spike of more than 200 cases last year has health officials concerned.
Fauci: You can get serious complications.
Narrator: Dr. Anthony Fauci at the NIH says prevention is the best treatment for measles because those complications can include death in as many as 1 in 1000 cases.
Fauci: You can treat the symptoms of dehydration and the symptoms of secondary infections for example when people get ear infections and other infections or pneumonia. But we have a phenomenally effective vaccine against measles.
Narrator: For details, 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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