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A Re-emerging Infection?

Charles Broy MD, Nicole Williamson MD, Joseph Morris MD
Volume: 102 Issue: 3 March, 2009

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Abstract:A 38-year-old female with a two-week history of amoxicillin use for fever, cough, and coryza presented with two days of erythematous chest macules. Despite discontinuation of the antibiotic, her rash continued; measles was diagnosed with IgM titers. Three weeks previously she had returned from China. She had received only one vaccination despite travel to this measles-endemic area. Vaccination and herd immunity have reduced the measles prevalence in America by more than 99%; travel, foreign adoption, and refusal of vaccination have, however, increased the risk.

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References:

References1. Dayan GH. Prevention of Specific Infectious Diseases, Measles (Rubeola) [CDC website]. June 20, 2007. Available at: http://www2.ncid.cdc.gov/travel/yb/utils/ybGet.asp?section=dis&obj=measles.htm. Accessed May 28, 2008.2. Measles Home [Measles Initiative website]. May 20, 2008. Available at: http://www.measlesinitiative.org/index3.asp. Accessed May 28, 2008.3. Vaccine Information [National Network for Immunization Information website]. Available at: http://www.immunizationinfo.org/vaccineInfo/vaccine_detail.cfv?id=8. Accessed May 28, 2008.4. Dunham W. US Reports Biggest Measles Outbreak Since 2001 [Union-Tribune website]. May 1, 2008. Available at: http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/health/20080501-1017-measles-usa-.html. Accessed May 28, 2008.

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