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  • 3rd. Sgt. (USA), Walter Gregory (1828 - 1862)
    Co D, 24th Infantry, Union Tenneessee Infantry Army. He lived in Cades Cove in what would become the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Died of Measles while in service. Was in Company B. Held rank of...
  • Pvt. Ebenezer Slade (CSA) (1833 - 1862)
    Photo credit StelleMIvy at Find A Grave He served with the "Columbia Guards" in Company I, 38th Mississippi Infantry He has a grave marker in the Hezekiah Slade Cemetery (aka "Choctaw Forks") in ...
  • Warren Burgess Cunningham (1896 - 1918)
    Residence : June 1911 - Clarks Harbor, Shelburne and Queens, Nova Scotia, Canada* Race : English** Reference: 1911 Canada Census - SmartCopy : Feb 22 2018, 13:12:33 UTC
  • Mary Ann "Polly" Adkins (1823 - aft.1887)
    Mary Ann "Polly" Willis (1823 to 1887) was the (perhaps) a daughter of James Willis and Sally Sally Plumley . She was the 2nd wife of Parker Adkins (d 1857). His pension file writes she was a widow Wil...
  • William Jordan Gibson (1838 - 1861)
    Serving in the CSA in the Civil War, he died of measles while stationed at Corinth, Mississippi. See "Trinity County Beginnings," Trinity County Book Committee, 1986, p 383-402. Correspondents: Cindy...


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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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