KALAMAZOO, Mich. — The measles outbreak of 2019 is weighing on the minds of health care providers as college students return to campus this fall. They’ll be welcomed by cramped dorm rooms and crowded classrooms, which can be breeding grounds for viruses. It’s a concern because earlier in the year, between January and April, measles infected at least 700 people in 20 states in the U.S.
“The real issue is that measles is highly contagious, it’s one of the most contagious diseases that we deal with,” said Dr. David Davenport, who provides internal medicine and infectious disease care at Ascension Borgess Hospital in Kalamazoo. “Crowded social events can create a nightmare situation,” he said.