Measles is a highly contagious respiratory disease caused by a virus. The disease of measles and the virus that causes it share the same name. The disease is also called rubeola.
Measles causes fever, runny nose, cough and a rash all over the body. About one out of 10 children with measles also gets an ear infection, and up to one out of 20 gets pneumonia. For every 1,000 children who get measles, one or two will die. Other rash-causing diseases often confused with measles include roseola (roseola infantum) and rubella (German measles)...more
- Measles—United States, 2011 MMWR. 20 April 2012
During 2011, 222 people in the United States were reported to have measles. There were 17 measles outbreaks in various U.S. communities.
- 2012 Measles Update Measles information for U.S. travelers and citizens living in other countries.
- Podcast: Measles Can Travel Podcast about a 2007 measles outbreak in the U.S. and steps that can be taken to prevent future outbreaks.
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