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People who died from Measles

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  • James W. Gilbert (1881 - 1882)
    FindAGrave memorial # 120524105 Ancestry.com. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Death Certificates Index, 1803-1915 (database on-line). Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.
  • Cosme Damião Fernandes (1799 - 1851)
    Governou Caico de 1840 a 1843. fonte1: "Velhas Famílias do Seridó" do autor Olavo de Medeiros Filho - Brasília, 1981. Gêmeo de seu irmão Damião. Nasceu no ano de 1799. Em notas genealógicas deixadas ...
  • Pvt. (USA) William Henry Harrison Rugg (1842 - 1862)
    6 NH Regt. Vol. Inf. Co K William Henry Harrison Rugg was born in Rindge July 17, 1842 the son of Capt. William and Clarissa (Sawtell) Rugg. He enlisted in the 6th NH Infantry, Co. K on October 23 18...
  • James Wallace Torian (1860 - 1884)
  • Hubert Lee Ary (1895 - 1918)

Measles

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Measles, also known as morbilli, rubeola, or red measles, is a highly contagious infection caused by the measles virus.[1][2] Initial signs and symptoms typically include fever, often greater than 40 °C (104.0 °F), cough, runny nose, and red eyes.[1][3] Two or three days after the start of symptoms, small white spots may form inside the mouth, known as Koplik's spots. A red, flat rash which usually starts on the face and then spreads to the rest of the body typically begins three to five days after the start of symptoms.[3] Symptoms usually develop 10–12 days after exposure to an infected person and last 7–10 days.[4][5] Complications occur in about 30% and may include diarrhea, blindness, inflammation of the brain, and pneumonia among others.[4][6] Rubella (German measles) and roseola are different diseases.[7]

Measles is an airborne disease which spreads easily through the coughs and sneezes of those infected. It may also be spread through contact with saliva or nasal secretions.[4] Nine out of ten people who are not immune who share living space with an infected person will catch it. People are infectious to others from four days before to four days after the start of the rash.[6] People usually only get the disease at most once.[4] Testing for the virus in suspected cases is important for public health efforts.[6]

The measles vaccine is effective at preventing the disease. Vaccination has resulted in a 75% decrease in deaths from measles between 2000 and 2013 with about 85% of children globally being currently vaccinated. No specific treatment is available. Supportive care may improve outcomes.[4] This may include giving oral rehydration solution (slightly sweet and salty fluids), healthy food, and medications to control the fever.[4][5] Antibiotics may be used if a secondary bacterial infection such as pneumonia occurs. Vitamin A supplementation is also recommended in the developing world.[4]

Measles affects about 20 million people a year,[1] primarily in the developing areas of Africa and Asia.[4] It causes the most vaccine-preventable deaths of any disease.[8] It resulted in about 96,000 deaths in 2013, down from 545,000 deaths in 1990.[9] In 1980, the disease is estimated to have caused 2.6 million deaths per year.[4] Before immunization in the United States between three and four million cases occurred each year.[6] Most of those who are infected and who die are less than five years old.[4] The risk of death among those infected is usually 0.2%,[6] but may be up to 10% in those who have malnutrition.[4] It is not believed to affect other animals.


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