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Measles outbreak kills first US victim in past 12 years
« on: July 02, 2015, 01:41:12 PM »
Measles kills first patient in 12 years

...The Washington state woman was probably exposed to measles at a medical facility during a measles outbreak this spring, according to the health department. She was at the hospital at the same time as a patient who later developed a rash and was diagnosed with measles. Patients with measles can spread the virus even before showing symptoms.

The woman who died had other health conditions and was taking medications that suppressed her immune system. People with compromised immune systems may not show symptoms of measles, said Paul Offit, chief of infectious disease at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

The woman died of pneumonia, according to the health department.

Pneumonia is one of several serious common complications of measles and the most common cause of death from the virus, said William Schaffner, a professor at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville. Measles kills one or two children out of every 1,000 infected, according to the CDC. ...