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Measles 

Measles
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Measles
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10.1093/med/9780198729228.003.0088
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date: 26 June 2019

Measles used to be a major cause of mortality and morbidity throughout the world. The treatment is mainly symptomatic, and prevention is all important. With the advent of highly effective vaccines, initially single-antigen measles and now the combined measles/mumps/rubella combination vaccine, the burden of disease is much reduced. A scare set back the immunization programme in the United Kingdom, with effects in some other countries, in the early twentieth century, but now immunization rates are at an all-time high. Outbreaks of measles in the United States, Europe, and some other countries have been commoner recently, mainly in unimmunized or partially immunized individuals.

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