The Life of a Hotel Doctor - A Contagious Disease
By Mike Oppenheim, MD
I cared for flight attendant suffering a cough, high fever, runny nose, and sore throat. It seemed like the usual upper respiratory infection until I saw the spotty rash over her body. She had measles.
It's also nasty. Even today, one or two per thousand victims die and a larger number are left deaf or with brain damage. I grew up before children were vaccinated against most childhood illnesses; we actually caught them. I had measles in 1946 and still remember how sick I felt; my chicken pox and mumps were trivial by comparison.
I informed the airline that a flight attendant fresh from a crowded plane had measles and also told the hotel management. You can imagine the reception.