cc6d03787e6f21e080f4bd434d04a58996e10a10If you’ve wondered why all the fuss over the Disney measles outbreak, you’re not alone. Since the CDC announced the disease was eradicated in the United States more than a decade ago, it’s no longer a virus the average American knows well. “There’s this misconception that measles is just a little rash,” says Gail Shust, MD, a pediatric infectious disease specialist at the Kravis Children’s Hospital at Mount Sinai. “That’s because it hasn’t been around in the U.S. in some time, and people haven’t seen the effects.” With the virus slowly spreading outside Disney, it’s important to familiarize yourself with those effects, symptoms and other hallmarks of the disease. We’ve got them — along with a few reasons docs are so concerned about the sudden outbreak.  Shust says that, aside from the blotchy, red rash, people can get (and feel) really sick. “You can get pneumonia, croup and diarrhea,” she says. “The worst complication, which occurs in about one in 1,000 cases is encephalitis, which can lead to permanent brain damage or be fatal.” While everyone does not need to be hospitalized for this condition, Shust says those with compromised immune systems, the elderly or children under five might be more prone to complications and “need more supportive care.” More