Fatal measles is known to occur among immunocompromised adults. We report a rare case of an immunocompetent non-pregnant young lady who suffered from fatal acute respiratory distress syndrome due to measles. Physicians must be vigilant to this deadly presentation of measles even in immunocompetent individuals. We emphasise the inadequacies of vaccination programmes in India reflected not only by the existing high measles-related childhood mortalities, but also an emerging rise in deaths among adults. Deaths due to pneumonia and acute respiratory distress syndrome ARDS have been reported in the immunosuppressed. We present a case of a year-old parous Indian woman who presented to our emergency department with a day history of high grade fever with chills.
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Measles is a highly contagious viral disease occurring primarily in children. This disease is characterized by fever, cough, acute nasal mucous membrane discharge coryza , inflammation of the lining of the eyelids conjunctivitis , a spreading rash, and eruption of small, irregular, bright red spots Koplik's spots on the inner cheeks in the mouth with a minute bluish or white speck in the center of each. It is often difficult to avoid exposure to measles because it can be contracted from someone whose symptoms have not yet appeared.