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What you need to know about measles

Published on May 10, 2014 9:37 AM
A young boy suffering from measles is held by his grandmother at a state-run hospital in Hanoi on April 17, 2014. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

About a month ago, an outbreak of measles occurred in the Philippines and infected 23 Singaporeans who had travelled there.

The most serious complications from measles include blindness, encephalitis (an infection that causes brain swelling), severe diarrhoea and dehydration, ear infections, or severe respiratory infections such as pneumonia.

Complications are more common in children under the age of five, or adults over the age of 20.

Here are some key facts from the World Health Organization about the disease.

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