Measles (Rubeola) (cont.)

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Can the measles virus be used to cure cancer?

In 2014, there were case reports of patients with multiple myeloma (a type of blood "cancer") being treated with a genetically engineered (altered) measles virus that attacks tumor cells. This is called virotherapy. This type of therapy has been used since the 1950s, but now there is renewed hope that this new use of the measles virus will bring hope to many patients with multiple myeloma.

Where can I find more information about measles?

"Measles (Rubeola)," U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Chapter 7: "Measles," VPD Surveillance Manual

"Measles," World Health Organization

Handouts: Clinic Resources, Immunization Action Coalition

"Measles Vaccination Rates for Preschoolers Below 90 Percent in 17 States," Trust for America's Health

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