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Measles

    Do you know that even though a child can survive measles they may suffer blindness, deafness, or brain damage?

    Children are dying because of measles, they are one of the primary killers of children in developing countries. Measles weaken the immune system. The possibility that children will die or become ill depends on how strong their immune systems are. Measles is an infectious disease that causes a high fever and a red rash on the skin, mostly occurring in childhood. They rarely kill in industrial areas, but can cause 40 percent mortality among the infected. Every minute a child dies. Therefore, many mothers don't give their children a name until they survive the disease. The number of people in Africa that have measles is very high, mostly being children.

The beginning signs and symptoms are usually a high fever that occur approximately 10-12 days after exposure. The fever can last 1-7 days. A person might notice a runny nose, cough, red and watery eyes, and white spots inside the cheek. Several days later a rash spreads on the face and upper neck. Then the rash spreads to hands and feet. The rash lasts 5 to 6 days, then fades. The rash occurs 14 days after exposure and last 7 to 18 days.

The disease shows to be improving. Sixteen countries in Africa have 100% vaccination rates. Sixty percent of the 777,000 measles deaths worldwide occurred in Sub-Saharan Africa. Two thousand an estimated 600 African children died from measles each day. Africa's success is reducing child mortality rates even in the poorest communities.

In conclusion, measles is getting better in Africa! This is because some African countries are near 100% vaccination rates, up by 39% since 2000.




Little boy that has a measles rash.