These days, many doctors have only seen measles in textbooks.


The CDC reports measles cases in 18 states across the country, and some doctors believe it’s only a matter of time before the illness appears in North Carolina. Now, the Orange County Health Department is preparing doctors to identify and treat an illness most of them have never seen.

“We haven’t seen an actual case in our clinics in a long time, and so we’ve lost that memory of what it looks like when a patient has it,” said Dr. Erica Pettigrew, Medical Director of the Orange County Health Department.

The Orange County Health Department is planning a measles symposium for healthcare providers in the community. The health department is also working closely with UNC Hospitals.

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