mea·sle | \ˈmē-zəl \

Definition of measle 

: a cysticercus tapeworm larva specifically : one found in the muscles of a domesticated mammal

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All of the 798 cases under investigation in Brazil are in the two states that border Venezuela; in one of them 69% of the people with measles were Venezuelans. The Economist, "[CORRECTED] Polio returns to Venezuela, and threatens the region," 16 June 2018 More than 90% of children under the age of 3 have been vaccinated against measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis B, chickenpox, and polio. Brittany Shoot, Fortune, "These Are the Riskiest Cities and Counties For Infectious Disease Epidemics," 14 June 2018 Other diseases — such as measles, rubella, diphtheria — became very, very rare. New York Times,, "More spending on public health could cut overall costs of medical care," 28 May 2018 More than 90 percent of kids under age 3 have had their full series of vaccines against measles, mumps and rubella; hepatitis B, chickenpox; and polio. NBC News, "Public support for vaccines drops a bit," 21 May 2018 SUBSCRIBE TODAY New information from the Kansas City Health Department also shows that someone with measles was at Nashua Elementary School in the North Kansas City school district on April 12 from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Andy Marso, kansascity, "Missouri measles outbreak up to 13 cases as more exposed at Walmart, medical clinic | The Kansas City Star," 4 May 2018 And last month, two people with measles flew into O’Hare International Airport in Chicago. Joshua Brockman, New York Times, "Should You Worry About Getting Sick From a Plane Flight? Maybe," 5 Feb. 2018 More than one-third of the 300 Native Americans there died during a 1739 outbreak of measles and smallpox. Scott Huddleston, San Antonio Express-News, "Visceral ties discussed, not felt at Alamo meetings," 23 June 2018 Pennsylvania is one of a dozen states nationwide that have seen increases in parents choosing to not vaccinate their children against measles and other infectious diseases, according to a new study published this week. Rita Giordano,, "Pennsylvania counties among anti-vaccine hot spots on rise in U.S.," 13 June 2018

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First Known Use of measle

1863, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for measle

singular of measles

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mea·sle | \ˈmē-zəl \

Medical Definition of measle 

: cysticercus specifically : one found in the muscles of a domesticated mammal

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