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Measles is a highly contagious, serious disease caused by a virus. It remains a leading cause of death among young children globally, despite the availability of a safe and effective vaccine. An estimated 197 000 people died from measles in 2007, mostly children under the age of five.

Measles is caused by a virus in the paramyxovirus family. The measles virus normally grows in the cells that line the back of the throat and the lungs. It is a human disease not known to occur in animals.
Chickenpox (Varicella) vaccine has saved the U.S. hundreds of millions of dollars since its introduction

Chickenpox (Varicella) vaccine has saved the U.S. hundreds of millions of dollars since its introduction

Gravity model applicable to disease spread

Gravity model applicable to disease spread

America's childhood immunization rates are at record high levels

America's childhood immunization rates are at record high levels

Drug to fight virus from the herpes family in transplant patients moves forward in trials

Drug to fight virus from the herpes family in transplant patients moves forward in trials

Autism antibodies are not genetically determined, as parents do not exhibit them

Autism antibodies are not genetically determined, as parents do not exhibit them

Vaccination Week reached 40 Million in 35 countries

Vaccination Week reached 40 Million in 35 countries

Teen birth rate hits record low and prevalence of overweight among children has increased

Teen birth rate hits record low and prevalence of overweight among children has increased

To date, the U.S. Government has provided a total of $109.4 million of humanitarian assistance to Darfur

To date, the U.S. Government has provided a total of $109.4 million of humanitarian assistance to Darfur

More than 20 percent of preschool children lack required immunizations

More than 20 percent of preschool children lack required immunizations

Pneumococcal vaccination now free in Ontario

Pneumococcal vaccination now free in Ontario

SARS, the highly infectious respiratory virus, has been found in tears

SARS, the highly infectious respiratory virus, has been found in tears

Undernutrition is the cause of more than 53 percent of all child deaths

Undernutrition is the cause of more than 53 percent of all child deaths

150 top scientists debate and offer expert advice on cutting edge vaccine research

150 top scientists debate and offer expert advice on cutting edge vaccine research

Dire health consequences for millions of people in Darfur, Sudan

Dire health consequences for millions of people in Darfur, Sudan

Pediatric asthma patients given a certain inhaled corticosteroid had a 29 percent lower risk of ending up in emergency

Pediatric asthma patients given a certain inhaled corticosteroid had a 29 percent lower risk of ending up in emergency

Health-care providers can now review and update immunization records for patients online

Health-care providers can now review and update immunization records for patients online

WHO to tackle heart disease, diabetes, cancers, road safety as well as diseases

WHO to tackle heart disease, diabetes, cancers, road safety as well as diseases

Report rejects childhood vaccines as a cause of autism

Report rejects childhood vaccines as a cause of autism

World Health Assembly set to tackle HIV/AIDS, SARS, the global strategy on diet, physical activity and health

World Health Assembly set to tackle HIV/AIDS, SARS, the global strategy on diet, physical activity and health

Indicators identify shingles patients who have an increased risk of developing persistent pain

Indicators identify shingles patients who have an increased risk of developing persistent pain

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