"Measles is like a match on dry tinder," he said. "It's going to catch and it's going to spread."
"Measles is like a disease in a horror movie. It's one of the most contagious diseases known to mankind. It lingers in the air for two hours after a person with it has left the room. The rash makes a person look like they've grown a whole new red skin. Measles can be fatal."
"More outbreaks are occurring in the U.S. and each one requires significant amounts of time and resources to contain. A case of measles is like a fire alarm to public health officials and we respond to it like firefighters would to reports of a four-alarm blaze. It's critical for us to react quickly in order to keep the danger from spreading and endangering lives."
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