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Definition: Measles is a highly contagious vaccine-preventable disease and the most deadly of all childhood rash/fever illnesses.
Why do we measure this? Measles is monitored because it is a highly contagious vaccine-preventable disease. Monitoring when and where cases occur help to stop its spread in the event of an outbreak. Monitoring, surveillance and investigation of health threats are vital capabilities for an effective health system.
Healthy People Link: https://health.gov/healthypeople/objectives-and-data/browse-objectives/infectious-disease
Reference Link: https://www.cdc.gov/measles/index.html