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Measles carries risk of a terrifying, always-fatal and rare complication. Measles is commonly thought to be a one-time deal: Get it once, survive, and you’re immune for life.

Measles carries risk of a terrifying, always-fatal and rare complication

But like a Trojan horse, the virus can find a way to hide from a baby’s undeveloped immune system. The baby will survive, but within his or her body, a weakened form of the measles lurks, beginning to infect the brain. Over the ensuing years, the disease gets stronger. Then the infected human being, long past being a baby, experiences mood swings and behavioral problems. Convulsions, coma and death follow. There is no cure. There were at least 11 cases of this deadly complication, known as SSPE, or subacute sclerosing panencephalitis, after the 1988-91 measles epidemic in the United States, which infected more than 55,000. Dr. “Measles is not a benign disease,” Cherry said. The most vulnerable to getting SSPE are those younger than 2, who have undeveloped immune systems.

That’s what happened to Ramon “Junior” Cortes, a boy born in Orange County 26 years ago. He is now in hospice care. Businessman infected with measles after passing through same gate as sick child. Child aged 19 months tested positive for measles on April 22Five days earlier while travelling from India to the US it developed a rashWhile waiting to depart from a Chicago airport to Minneapolis the child passed an adult man, 46, at the gate, who was en route to MassachusettsHe tested positive for the same strain of measles on May 5 By Lizzie Parry for MailOnline Published: 13:52 GMT, 26 June 2015 | Updated: 13:56 GMT, 26 June 2015 A man became infected with measles after passing through the same airport gate as a child sick with the virus, it has emerged.

Businessman infected with measles after passing through same gate as sick child

The pair passed through the same gate at a Chicago airport, despite not travelling on the same flight. Measles is a highly infectious disease that is easily transmitted. Infectious droplets can remain suspended in the air for up to two hours after an infected person leaves the area. The child had received one dose of the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine at the age of 12 months. Measles outbreak in Orange County, California worst in decades. An outbreak of measles in Orange County, California is the worst health officials have seen in two decades.

Measles outbreak in Orange County, California worst in decades

Twenty-one county residents have been diagnosed with measles in 2014, including 7 who have been hospitalized, CBS Los Angeles reports. "It's very contagious, and what we're trying to do is prevent the exposure and spread," said O.C. Health Deputy Agency Director Eric Handle told the station. "The measles virus can cause inflammation in the brain that can appear immediately, or seven years out.

" Measles is a highly contagious infection that starts with a fever, cough, runny nose and pink eye before progressing to a rash on the face, upper neck that within a few days spreads down to the rest of the body. Approximately 20 percent of cases experience more serious complications such as pneumonia and encephalitis, which is a potentially-fatal swelling of the brain. The disease is spread through infected droplets from a person's nose, mouth or throat that are dispersed in the air. The most infectious of all infectious diseases. Measles was declared eradicated in the United States in 2000We still continue to see cases stemming from overseasMeasles is preventable through vaccination Editor's note: Dr.

Tom Frieden is director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (CNN) -- My first investigation as a new Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Officer with the Centers for Disease Control was of a large outbreak of measles, mostly among Hispanic children, many under a year old, and many who became infected when they visited hospital emergency departments for other reasons. I will never forget how nervous I was. I wanted to do a good job for those children, their families and everyone around them. Growing Up Unvaccinated - Voices for Vaccines. Six myths about vaccination – and why they're wrong. Recently released government figures show levels of childhood vaccination have fallen to dangerously low levels in some areas of Australia, resulting in some corners of the media claiming re-ignition of “the vaccine debate”.

Six myths about vaccination – and why they're wrong

You can check how your postcode rates here. Well, scientifically, there’s no debate. In combination with clean water and sanitation, vaccines are one of the most effective public health measures ever introduced, saving millions of lives every year. Those who claim there is a “debate” will cite a series of canards designed to scare people away from vaccinating, but, if you’re not familiar with their claims, you could easily be convinced by anti-vaccine rhetoric. So what is true and what is not? Let’s address just a few of the common vaccine myths and explain why they’re wrong. 1. The myth that vaccines are somehow linked to autism is an unsinkable rubber duck. It eventually unravelled for Wakefield when the paper was retracted in 2010. Measles.