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What is measles? What does measles look like?

Measles is a highly contagious viral disease that can be fatal. In most people, the disease produces fever (temperature > 101 F [38.3 C]), a generalized rash that lasts greater than three days, cough, runny nose (coryza), and red eyes (conjunctivitis). The complications of measles that result in most deaths include pneumonia and inflammation of the brain (encephalitis).

Picture of a child with measles skin rash
Picture of a baby with measles. Source: CDC
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Comment from: Linda, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: February 03

I was born in 1945 and contracted measles in the 1950s. As a result of the extraordinarily high temperatures of the disease that I had, I ended up being diagnosed with epilepsy and the only connection that they could make was back to the measles. The diagnosis of epilepsy was made in the 1960s when I had two grand mal seizures (prior to that I had the petit mal seizures but they did not interfere in anything I was doing, so they went unnoticed by those around me). I am now 69 and have lived with that diagnosis since I was 18. If a vaccine had existed I am certain my family would have been certain that I received it because I received the polio vaccine. Any parent who does not take advantage of this vaccine as far as I am concerned is guilty of gross abuse to the child. My mother always was ashamed of the fact that I had epilepsy.

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Comment from: Phyllis, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 20

I had rubeola (measles) and then rubella and then chicken pox one right after the other when I was 6 years old in first grade. Nothing here was upsetting or dangerous. I remember having a fun time at home coloring and watching TV and be catered to by my mother who would play cards and board games with me. I was the oldest child. I had a baby sister who was 6 months old. My mother did not breast feed her and so she got the same measles and chicken pox right after I did. She was cranky and had a running nose. My mother was a proponent of baby aspirin for every sneeze and runny nose so we got loads of St. Joseph's aspirin for children. I have a lifelong immunity and that was that.

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