Podcast #443: Measles - a timely revisit
Release Date: 03/04/2019
Author: Sue Chilton, MD
- Measles is highly contagious
- Typically patients just look sick
- Remember 4 & 4, 14, and 4-C’s:
- Contagious 4 days before and after onset of rash
- 14 days for rash to appear
- Cough, coryza, conjunctivitis (non-purulent), and Koplik’s spots
- Under 2 and over 20 are highest risk groups
- 1 in 1000 will die
- Subacute sclerosing panencephalitis is one of the most feared, degenerative, 100% fatal complications that can occur up to two decades after initial infection
Editor’s Note: Don’t be pro-plague - if you can, vaccinate your children.
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Bester JC. Measles and Measles Vaccination: A Review. JAMA Pediatr. 2016 Dec 1;170(12):1209-1215. doi: 10.1001/jamapediatrics.2016.1787. Review. PubMed PMID: 27695849.
Summarized and edited by Erik Verzemnieks, MD