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Measles Make Unwelcome Comeback

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- If you were a kid more than 50 years ago, there was a good chance you might have caught the measles, which started with a fever and cough, leading to a rash of tiny red spots that could cover the entire body.

A vaccine in 1963 essentially wiped out the disease although there was an outbreak in 1989-1991 that affected tens of thousands of youngsters.

Now, the measles is making a comeback, albeit a small one, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

With 159 cases reported through August, it's expected that there'll be more cases in 2013 than in any year since 1996.

Measles, which is treatable, shouldn't be dismissed out of hand because it can cause pneumonia and encephalitis and in very rare cases, may be fatal.

It's believed the current outbreak in the U.S. is being spread by either visitors from other countries or children whose parents don't believe in vaccinations.

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