Fatal Measles Complication May Be More Common Than Previously Believed

The Washington Post (10/28, Sun) reports that subacute sclerosing panencephalitis (SSPE), “a complication of measles that kills children years after they have been infected, is more common than previously thought,” researchers found. After examining data from a California outbreak of measles in 1990, investigators discovered that “for babies who get measles before being vaccinated, the rate” of developing SSPE “is one in 609.”

Reuters (10/28, Berkrot) reported that previously, the rate of SSPE was believed to be about one in 1,700, “based on an earlier German study of children under five years of age infected with measles.” The research was presented at ID Week.