A Senate committee met Tuesday on Capitol Hill to discuss vaccines and preventable diseases, as the number of measles cases in the United States escalates.
Over the past week, the number of measles cases in the U.S. rose by 19%, affecting new states that include New Jersey, Delaware, and Nevada. The latest numbers from the CDC reveal that a total of 17 states and Washington D.C. are now affected by the outbreak, and a total of 121 people are confirmed to have measles.
Pediatrician Dr. Tim Jacks, who testified at Tuesday’s hearing, discussed his own family situation on Tuesday’s Rundown, opening up about how the outbreak has put his children at risk.
“My son is 10 months old, and in his case, he is too young to be vaccinated against the measles,” Jacks told José Díaz-Balart. ”My daughter is battling leukemia right now and they were both recently exposed to measles.” (Children who are too young to get vaccinated or kids who have compromised immune systems, like cancer patients, can’t be immunized against measles.)
As part of Jacks’ daughter’s leukemia treatment, the family visited an outpatient clinic at the end of January where they were notified that a patient present had measles. Both kids must remain at home under quarantine until February 11 (21 days after being exposed) to see if the children show any symptoms of measles.