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What are measles? Why was it a threat to children in the 1950's?

What are measles? Why was it a threat to children in the 1950's?

The measles virus: This is one of many viral diseases that caused epidemics around the world and killed a significant percentage of its victims. It has been credited with decimating the native american population in the US after arriving with the Spanish. After the measles vaccine was developed, the frequency declined. It is still deadly and still occurring in the US, more now that some refuse vaccines. ...Read more

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Measles (Definition)

Measles (rubeola) is formerly common childhood viral infection that causes a fever with cough, runny nose, red eyes and a characteristic red rash. (cough, coryza and conjunctivitis). Rare complications include pneumonia and encephalitis. The ...Read more


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What causes measles?

Single viral strain: Measles is caused by a virus with only 1 known strain & humans as the only known source. Infection is passed by contact with infected fluid on surfaces or in the air from a sneeze or cough. Immunization has reduced the case numbers when used, but is not 100% efective after 1 dose. Ease of international travel & transmission during incubation results in clusters of new cases every year. ...Read more

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What typically causes the measles?

What typically causes the measles?

Measles virus: This has nothing to do with bacteria. It is a measles virus, a member of the paramyxoviridae family.Humans are the only known carrier/host. It can be contained by vaccinating all susceptible humans. It has many possible serious complications which include death in 1/1000 cases. ...Read more

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Is baby measles contagious to children?

??baby measles??: If you are asking about roseola, the illness is contagious to anyone not previously infected. Most kids get this virus in early childhood & are then immune for their lifetime. ...Read more

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Can childhood illnesses such as measles cause dystonia?

Can childhood illnesses such as measles cause dystonia?

Hm...: Measles usually leaves no consequences, but in some children it may lead to either acute or chronic (slowly developing) encephalitis that can be a cause of dystonia. ...Read more

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Recurrent measles, what is the cause and the maximum number of times measles can reoccur in a person who has been infected once already?

Odd statement: There are a large number of processes that may produce a "measles like" rash. There is also more than one measles.I suspect you are referring to someone who has had such reactions and either self labeled or been labeled as recurrent measles. To document measles you need blood tests, or a doc that has seen it before and knows true measles well.It doesn't recur unless you have an immune defect. ...Read more

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What other symptoms are caused by german measles?

What other symptoms are caused by german measles?

Non-specific: German measles (rubella) in adults and older children is usually a self limited illness characterized by "flu"-like symptoms (i.S. Fever, coughing, a rash) and is usually short-lived. It can present as stillbirth or with serious birth defects if acquired transplacentally during the first trimester. It msy sldo give a rash. ...Read more

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Are children protected from red measles if they have had an mmr?

Yes: The red measles as a lay term has been applied to the regular measles which is in the mmr. Some occasionally call roseola a red measles but it is more rose colored & not a proper use of the term. Roseola is not part of the mmr. ...Read more

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When do people usually get vaccinated against measles? Is safe to vaccinate babies and young children?

According : According to the schedule from the center for disease control and the academy of pediatrics, the first measles vaccination (along with mumps and rubella) is given between 12 and 15 months of age. The second vaccination is given around ages 4-6. Extensive research has been done to look into the claims that the MMR vaccine causes autism and this has been found to be not true. I attached a website discussing the safety of the MMR vaccine below. My daughter will be getting her MMR vaccine next week when she turns 1. ...Read more