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American Osteopathic Association shares resources to help the public identify symptoms of highly contagious illnesses

In the wake of recent measles, mumps and chickenpox outbreaks, the American Osteopathic Association urges the public to become familiar with the hallmark signs of these classic diseases.

Osteopathic pediatrician Stanley E. Grogg, DO, developed a simple reference to help patients quickly recognize the hallmark symptoms of outbreak illnesses.  Those with symptoms of these illnesses are strongly urged to isolate themselves until they are evaluated by a physician.

Some key diagnostic signs:

  • Measles: Rash that starts on the face, red eyes and bad cough
  • Mumps: Swelling above the jaw, plus aches, fever and other flu-like symptoms
  • Rubella: Rash on face lasting two to three days
  • Chickenpox:  Itchy red bumps that appear in clusters, plus flu-like symptoms
  • Pertussis: Intense coughing with a distinctive ‘whoop’ sound

Read the full news release for more information about these illnesses or view the detailed symptoms infographic is available at


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​DOs are licensed physicians who can prescribe medication and practice in all specialty areas, including surgery, in the United States. They complete approximately four years of medical school followed by graduate medical education through internship and residency programs typically lasting three to eight years. In addition, DOs receive extra training in the musculoskeletal system, providing them with an in-depth knowledge of the ways that illness or injury in one part of the body can affect another. As one of the fastest-growing segments of health care professionals in the nation, the number of DOs has grown more than 200% during the past 25 years.