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Measles

Measles is a highly contagious infection caused by the measles virus. Initial signs and symptoms typically include fever, often greater than , cough, runny nose, and inflamed eyes. Symptoms usually develop 10–12 days after exposure to an infected person and last 7–10 days. Complications occur in about 30% 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....

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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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