Measles is one of those old-time diseases nobody gets anymore – except people still get it. Some reports suggest the nation is seeing the most measles cases in a generation. Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck, director of the Illinois Department of Public Health, says it’s happening here. “We still have sporadic outbreaks. We still have clusters of cases,” he says.
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They are what he calls “imported cases, most likely. If someone has traveled, got it from somewhere else, brought it in, and then infected folks who are not vaccinated. These outbreaks typically occur in pockets of unvaccinated communities.” Hasbrouck says about 98 percent of us have been vaccinated. He says the illness, for which there’s no drug, is usually treated as you would treat a fever, as that’s included in measles. And, he says, it’s highly contagious