Deadly measles complication is more common than thought, study says

Story highlights

  • Cases of SSPE, a deadly complication from measles, are much higher than scientists thought
  • Vaccinations can prevent measles, which would prevent SSPE

(CNN)Measles is highly infectious, and new research shows that complications from the infection may be even more deadly than originally thought.

Researchers figured this out by looking at records of people who had a neurological disease called subacute sclerosing panencephalitis, or SSPE, in California between 1998 and 2016. The research was presented at IDWeek, an infectious-disease conference, in October