These members of a town located in Sukkur, Sindh, Pakistan, were answering questions being posed by a Pakistani Field Epidemiology Training Program (PFETP) resident, during a house-to-house measles investigation. Researchers also used the opportunity to conduct educational sessions about measles immunization, and prevention.
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Measles is a highly contagious respiratory disease caused by the measles virus. The disease is also called rubeola. Measles causes fever, runny nose, cough and a rash all over the body. About one out of 10 children with measles also gets an ear infection, and up to one out of 20 gets pneumonia. For every 1,000 children who get measles, one or two will die. Adults can also get measles, especially if they are not vaccinated. Children under 5 years of age, and adults over 20 are at higher risk for measles complications including pneumonia, and a higher risk of hospitalization and death from measles than school aged children and adolescents.
The FETP trains workers on the ground to help countries build sustainable capacity for detecting and responding to health threats. The program develops in-country expertise so that disease outbreaks can be detected locally and prevented from spreading.