What are the signs and symptoms of atypical measles?

Updated: Jun 06, 2019
  • Author: Selina SP Chen, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Russell W Steele, MD  more...
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It is worthwhile to be mindful of the syndrome known as atypical measles, which has been described in individuals who were infected with wild measles virus several years after immunization with a killed measles vaccine (a vaccine used in the United States from 1963-1967). This syndrome tends to be more prolonged and severe than regular measles and is marked by a prolonged high fever, pneumonitis, and a rash that begins peripherally and may be urticarial, maculopapular, hemorrhagic, and/or vesicular.

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