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Childhood Diseases Return as Parents Refuse Vaccination - USA Today

6/17/2011

Landon Lewis, 4, was living in a Minneapolis homeless shelter when he fell ill, first with a fever of 104 degrees, then with a red rash on his forehead. Andy King, for USA TODAY Katrina Lewis and her 4-year-old son, Landon, do their special hand shake. Landon caught measles when they were temporarily in a shelter. EnlargeClose Andy King, for USA TODAY Katrina Lewis and her 4-year-old son, Landon, do their special hand shake. Landon caught measles when they were temporarily in a shelter. It took two visits to a doctor to diagnose a disease clinic staff hadn't seen in years: measles.

The rash spread into his mouth and throat, so swallowing was torture. He began vomiting and developed a cough that nearly choked him. He was rushed to the emergency room and hospitalized for five days.  Click here to see the full story.

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