From the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, an Editorial Note:
Once ubiquitous, measles now is uncommon in the United States. In the prevaccine era, 3,000,000 to 4,000,000 measles cases occurred every year, resulting in approximately
- 450 deaths,
- 28,000 hospitalizations, and
- 1,000 children with chronic disabilities from measles encephalitis.
Because of successful implementation of measles vaccination programs, fewer than 100 measles cases are now reported annually in the United States and virtually all of those are linked to imported cases, reflecting the incidence of measles globally and travel patterns of U.S. residents and visitors.
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