By: Scott Dill


Measles is a very highly contagious disease caused by a virus. The disease is found in bodily fluids and 90% of people sharing a space with someone infected will get it, because Measles spreads through air. Complications can lead to death, especially in under developed countries. The Measles Initiative campaign started in 2001 and has been highly reducing the number of people that get Measles. The Measles initiatives campaign has raised money from people, and getting the cure to kids in need.
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Causes and symptoms

Measles is caused by a virus and is found in fluids such as saliva, mucus, tears, cough, and sneezing. Symptoms develop 7-14 days after exposure. Symptoms include cough, white spots on the gums, a large red rash, ear pain, diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain, sore eyes, high fever, and fatigue. Measles lead to pneumonia which can kill you. It can also lead to blindness. Measles can effect your white blood cells, and that can make you more likely to get infections. Vitamin A deficiency is a risk factor for getting measles. Measles can't be eliminated because not every human will get the vaccine, but Measles is for sure dying down.
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Treatment and cure

There is no cure for Measles. Treatment of symptoms is all you can do if you get measles. This includes medicine for fever, diarrhea medicine, sleep, eye drops, and antibiotics for pneumonia. Diseases that are sometimes confused with Measles include Chicken Pox, Asthma, Bronchitis, and cancer because their symptoms are all alike in some ways.
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Prevention of Measles through a vaccine has been very effective. A live vaccine was developed in 1963, and a combined Measles Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccine was developed in 1971. The first vaccine was given to children at the age 12-15 months and a second vaccine is given at age 4-6 years. It is estimated that the vaccine has prevented over 52 million cases of the disease in the united states over the last 20 years. The vaccine has prevented over 1.4 million measles deaths worldwide over just 4 years of improved vaccination program. The vaccination program was improved because modern day technology has made everything easier. Like making vaccines, and delivering vaccines. You can help keep the public safe by getting the vaccine. If you get Measles you will spread it and not good things happen.
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The measles initiatives

The measles initiatives is a program partnered with the American Red Cross that started in 2001. The goal is to reduce measles deaths by 90%. The initiatives started in under developed countries with serious outbreaks and took some campaigning to convince the countries that the vaccine was needed. The measles initiatives don't only help prevent measles with the vaccine, they help train future health care workers, and they have also developed laboratories. Africa and China have reduced Measles 84% over the last decade, and have saved over 1.8 billion people alone. The program is funded until 2020 but needs continued donations. Iowa has a very low chance of there being an outbreak, because most everyone gets there shots.


Measles is a serious disease that can result in death of people worldwide. There is no cure so vaccines to prevent Measles is important. The Measles Initiative program has helped prevent Measles in over 13.4 people worldwide.


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