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What complications come with measles?

What complications come with measles?

Many different: Complications of measles infection may include: •bronchitisencephalitis (about 1 out of 1, 000 measles cases) •ear infection (otitis media) •pneumonia and of course death is also possible. ...Read more

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Dr. Adam Lewis
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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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Unvaccinated child with measles. What is the chance of a child dying or having severe complications from the measles?

Happens: Case fatality rates run 1-3/1000 while significant brain damage from measles encephalitis runs 1/1000. Individual pre-illness health and underlying conditions can increase personal risk. ...Read more

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I contracted measles a year ago, 20 yr old male, is a complication like sspe likely, given no past history of measles or vaccine?

I contracted measles a year ago, 20 yr old male, is a complication like sspe likely, given no past history of measles or vaccine?

Possibly: But not likely. Are you symptomatic? Subacute sclerosing panencephalitis (sspe) is a rare chronic, progressive encephalitis that affects children and young adults, by persistent infection with measles virus (which can be due to viral mutation). No cure is known, but it can be managed by medication if treatment is started early. See a neurologist. ...Read more

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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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Were symptoms of measles in the 1890s the same as symptoms of measles in the 1990's?

Yes: Yes but in the 1890's more people died from the measles than in the 1990's due to improved medical care. Measles is not a good virus to catch so get vaccinated. ...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 are the measles?

What are the measles?

Measles: Measles is one of the most contagious infectious diseases in humans. Initial symptoms include fever, cough, runny, and conjunctivitis. After 2-4 days, a characteristic erythematous maculopapular rash develops. Symptoms resolve in most cases. Fatal complications include pneumonia and encephalitis (swelling of the brain). Fortunately, the measles vaccine can prevent both. ...Read more