WILBRAHAM, Mass. (WWLP) – The number of measles cases continues to increase across the country, and now, Wilbraham is being a child is being tested for the virus.
It all comes down to people not getting vaccinated. Doctors are urging parents to have their children take the MMR vaccine right away to prevent measles infection.
Measles made a comeback this year. The CDC has recorded 626 measles cases in the U.S. since January.
That’s only 41 fewer cases than 2014, the year that saw the highest number of measles infections since the disease was eliminated in 2000.
Doctors say measles is spreading in communities where people haven’t been vaccinated.
“It’s a highly contagious virus that is spread through the air and can live for approximately two to three hours in the air after, for what, let’s say a person has coughed in that area,” said Dr. Michael Klatte, a pediatric infectious disease specialist at Baystate Children’s Hospital.
Doctors in Wilbraham are trying to figure out whether a child there has measles.
The Wilbraham Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine Center said a patient came in Monday morning with a distinctive rash, which is one of the most common measles symptoms. They hope to determine if this is an actual measles case by the end of the week.
The Wilbraham Pediatric Center said the child in question had been vaccinated for measles and measles was just one of several possible diagnoses.
The Pediatric Center said they announced this potential measles case to make sure families were aware, and to urge people to make sure they and their kids are vaccinated.