I never thought that this particular disease would make a comeback in the United States. But here we are. Measles. As of May 2019 there have been cases reported in over 20 states. Declining vaccine rates and international travel to areas with local measles epidemics have led to a sharp rise in the number of cases in the US. The goal of this epode of PEM Currents is to discuss the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of measles, as well as how you can recognize it and appropriately diagnose and report cases.

You should definitely check out the following resources – since measles is a visual illness with a memorable rash (not that most of us have actually seen it). as well as learn about local hospital and health department procedures for treating, isolating and reporting confirmed and suspected cases.

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CDC – Measles (Rubeola) – Main Page

CDC – Photos of People With Measles

CDC – Measles Cases and Outbreaks

AAP – RedBook Measles

By bradsobo

Brad Sobolewski, MD, MEd is a Professor of Pediatric Emergency Medicine and an Associate Director for the Pediatric Residency Training Program at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. He is on Twitter @PEMTweets and authors the Pediatric Emergency Medicine site PEMBlog and produces and hosts the PEM Currents: The Pediatric Emergency Medicine Podcast.

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