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Measles on the Rise

Some people think of measles as just rash and fever that clears up in a few days, however, measles can cause serious health complications, especially in children younger than 5. There is no way to tell in advance the severity of the symptoms a child will experience. About 1 in 5 people in the United States who get measles will be hospitalized. One out of every 1,000 people with measles will develop brain swelling, which could lead to brain damage.

Measles is an infection caused by a virus. Common symptoms of measles include: Fever, dry cough, sore throat, inflamed eyes and skin rash. Measles can cause complications such as: ear infections, bronchitis, pneumonia and pregnancy problems. Be sure to call your physician if you think your child may have been exposed to measles.