Child with measles, in critical condition in Intensive Care. Dr Mihai Craiu: “The X-ray looked like the worst cases of SARS-CoV-2 infection”

The doctor Mihai Craiu, one of the most appreciated pediatricians in Romania, raises a new alarm signal about the explosion of measles diseases, presenting the case of a small child, hospitalized in a serious condition in Intensive Care.

Child sick with measles PHOTO: Virtual Children's Hospital/FB

The child arrived at the hospital with severe lung disease, barely breathing, and the lung X-ray showed “those recorded in the pandemic, in the most serious cases of infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus”. It happened on Wednesday, April 17, 2024.

“I tried to pull my heart out again, seeing the heart-felt emergency team from our hospital, INSMC, at work. The whole team was gathered around an infant who had been transferred with a very serious condition… This very young child, a few months old, had been brought by SMURD in order to stabilize an extremely severe lung disease. The child was barely breathing, the family was worried, the analyzes were extremely altered, and the radiological appearance of the lungs was difficult to describe. This x-ray showed the same as those recorded during the pandemic, in the worst cases of infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus. When I asked the attending physician what illness he had, the answer came like a cold shower: “, writes Dr. Mihai Craiu, primary pediatrician at the “Alessandrescu-Rusescu” Institute for Mother and Child Health in Bucharest, on his Virtual Children's Hospital Facebook page.

The pediatrician also has a categorical message for “skeptics who have the impression that infant measles is just a cold.”

“For those who do not understand that in the current epidemic outbreak, more than 12,000 cases are confirmed in our country and unfortunately also fatal cases, I recommend them to come and see with their own eyes… How is this extremely sick child kept alive, of a whole amount of equipment in the Intensive Care Unit. To come see this child that he cannot breathe effectively on his own and that he has been on continuous non-invasive ventilation for many hours,” transmitted Dr. Mihai Craiu.

Consequently, the doctor recommends them to parents who have unvaccinated or incompletely vaccinated children “a serious discussion with their GP, discussion about vaccination recovery”.

Because once again we have become the negative example of Europe”concludes Dr. Craiu.

In Romania we have a measles epidemic, and the situation is becoming more and more serious: last week there was a record number of illnesses.

According to the National Institute of Public Health, between January 1, 2023 and April 14, 2024, 12,346 measles cases and 13 deaths were confirmed.