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Measles is a highly contagious infectious disease caused by the measles virus. Symptoms usually develop 10–12 days after exposure to an infected person and last 7–10 days. Initial symptoms typically include fever, often greater than , cough, runny nose, and inflamed eyes. Complications occur in about 30% of cases and may include diarrhea, blindness, inflammation of the brain, and pneumonia, among others.

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"In an hour, she was unconscious. In twelve hours she was dead.”

Roald Dalh, author of books such as James and the Giant Peach and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, had a daughter who died of measles encephalitis in the 1960s. There was no vaccine at the time. In the late '80s, not long after a vaccine was discovered, he wrote a letter to the public urging parents to immunize their children. Parents today seem naive about the real dangers of contracting measles.

Contributed by Taylor Jackson

What I learned in microbiology class is....

Contributed by Kristina Noto

Before this recent outbreak, we had seen very few cases of measles in the US. This has sparked a new discussion of the need to vaccinate children, which we must keep talking about!

Contributed by Rachel Peterson

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