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Measles: Infectious Disease

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Research one of the diseases covered in this lesson and write a paper (750 words) in APA format comparing that disease 50-75 years ago to today.

Tuberculosis, MDR-TB, XDR-TB,
Measles
Pertussis

Discuss the following:

1. Treatment options: what was available 50-75 years ago and what's available now?
2. Patient population affected: who was most at risk? Has that changed? In your region, what are the populations most at risk of contracting this disease now?
3. Prevalence of disease: what is the incidence of this disease: regionally, nationally and internationally? Has this changed over time?
4. Where do we go from here?

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Hello, this should be a good start to your assignment. The references I provided will need to be formatted to your teachers specifications. The second part of the second question I left for you to answer. This is about 550 words, so you shouldn't need to add too much.

Good luck!

Measles was first identified in the 1700s by a Scottish physician who identified the pathogen within blood specimens of infected patients. It wasn't until 1963 that a vaccine was developed for this deadly disease. The vaccine was created in response to an alarming 6,000 deaths per year for a decade. At the time of vaccination development, it was estimated that three to four million people were infected. In 1978, the Centers for Disease Control set its goal to completely eradicate measles. Although the goal was not achieved, by 1981 the incidence had decreased by 80%, and continued to decline for several more years. ( 1st CDC.gov reference)
Measles is a highly contagious disease that is viral in nature. It is most common in children, and is spread by close physical ...

Solution Summary

This is a summary of the history of measles, past and current treatments as well as incidence statistics.

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