Public health officials say they’re always on high alert for measles, a highly contagious infection that hasn’t been eradicated everywhere in the world. It’s really just an international plane ride away, said Marshall Vogt, epidemiologist with the Department of Health’s Division of Immunization.
But what about outbreaks on U.S. soil?
“We’re probably at the eyebrow-raised level,” Vogt said. “Sleeping with one eye open, so to speak.”
Because the U.S. eliminated measles in the 1990s, Vogt explained, any cases were imported in, leaving people who have not been vaccinated vulnerable.