Measles, do they still exist?Measles+disease1

Wow. Time really does fly by. Now fifty-nine years of age, I am a grandfather. Actually, I have been a grandfather for over eighteen years, having been blessed with a grandson right as I was turning forty years old. But now, I have another grandchild. A beautiful little girl, and she just turned one years old. It really got me thinking. Ok, so I am definitely the nostalgic type. Thinking back, I have no idea how my mother did it. Five kids. And she did not start until thirty-four years old. Five kids in seven years. Wow. I just had this memory. Measles. We all five, developed measles. All at the same time! It was like a hospital ward. Measles, do they still exist?

Evidently, they do! “Measles is a childhood infection caused by a virus. Once quite common, measles can now almost always be prevented with a vaccine. Signs and symptoms of measles include cough, runny nose, inflamed eyes, sore throat, fever and a red, blotchy skin rash.” https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/measles/symptoms-causes/syc-20374857

Measles, do they still exist? I ask yet again as I was just so certain that they did not! I mean, we now have a measles vaccine, right? We sure do. But, there are still over one-hundred-thousand deaths from measles every single year. And, horrifically, most are children. Young children that are under the age of five.

  • I remember that my mom set-up what looked like an army medical tent. Five cots spread out all over our three-bedroom apartment. She lightly applied baby powder to our painful and itchy bodies. I think she even put sheets over us. I am also pretty sure that the blinds were kept closed, and the lighting was pretty dim. I checked on mayoclinic.org, and they said that these were the main symptoms: Fever
  • Dry cough
  • Runny nose
  • Sore throat
  • Inflamed eyes (conjunctivitis)
  • Tiny white spots with bluish-white centers on a red background found inside the mouth on the inner lining of the cheek — also called Koplik’s spots
  • A skin rash made up of large, flat blotches that often flow into one another

The infection occurs in sequential stages over a period of two to three weeks.

I do not really remember the cough, but I do actually remember all of the other nasty symptoms. How in the world did mom do it? Well, as I have said, check out www.mayoclinic.org, and click on to https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/measles/symptoms-causes/syc-20374857 to specifically check out measles.