High fever, cough, coryza, conjunctivitis, and Koplik’s spots. I memorized these signs and symptoms of the Measles when I was a second-year medical student. I remember seeing the pictures in Shwartz Textbook of Physical Diagnosis and Zitelli’s Textbook of Pediatric Physical Diagnosis. But, I don’t remember ever seeing a child infected with Rubeola during my medical education and training.
Chances are that most physicians living in developed countries today have never seen anyone with the disease either. Unfortunately, Alba, an 11 month old baby girl living in London, presented with all of these classic signs of the Measles, but they were missed by 3 different doctors. Shameful that more patients will very likely share her story because the once eradicated disease has gone, you know, viral. The disease was eradicated in the US in 2000 and Britain in 2016, but thanks to the pro-disease choice movement, unimmunized and immunocompromised children and adults will suffer a preventable illness.
But hey, at least we inexperienced doctors will get the chance to see it on a real patient, right?Tweet