Measles

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Measles is a highly-infectious, generally harmless childhood disease. However, it is dangerous to infants and young children, and unvaccinated adults. A vaccine became widely available in 1963, but coverage is not universal worldwide, nor among victims of the anti-vaccination movement. About 2 per 1000 of those who contract measles will suffer death or permanent disability, usually brain damage resulting from encephalitis.

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