Doctors: Measles continues to spread, confirmed cases on the rise

This thin-section transmission electron micrograph (TEM) revealed the ultrastructural appearance of a single virus particle, or virion, of measles virus.

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SAN DIEGO, Calif. – The number of measles cases connected to Disneyland continues to grow.

So far, 32 people in four states have been diagnosed with the virus.

Officials say more cases are expected to be confirmed in the coming days.

San Diego health officials say the latest measles case is a child who was in close proximity to six siblings.

They warn that the virus is highly contagious.

“We are very concerned and it’s expanded much more rapidly than we thought,” said Dr. Robert Bjork, a pediatrician.

Last year, 644 Americans were confirmed to have a case of the virus.

It was the highest recorded number since they started tracking measles cases in 2001.

Fortunately, it is far from an epidemic outbreak.

“It’s kind of a pyramid, so it’s just another example of exponential spread causing an epidemic illness,” he said.

Dr. Bjork says many parents were concerned about the vaccine but are now are becoming aware of the virus.

“I’m getting a lot more questions about it and people are changing their minds,” he said.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is also concerned, which is why it is now recommending babies as young as 6-months-old get vaccinated if traveling abroad.

“Never before have we recommended the measles vaccine under one year,” he said.

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