This viral infection produces a runny nose, cough, a characteristic rash, and fever. Complications can include ear infections, pneumonia, diarrhea, convulsions, and brain damage. Measles can be a devastating disease and regularly is such among the very young and the malnourished in developing countries where epidemics still occur. Measles is rare in the US, largely due to the effective vaccine called MMR (containing measles, mumps and rubella) Two shots are currently required, the first at one year and the second at 4 or 5 years.
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