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Letters Measles in older children and adults

If you had measles would you want prophylactic antibiotics?

BMJ 2017; 357 doi: (Published 08 May 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;357:j2172
  1. Iain Chalmers, coordinator
  1. James Lind Initiative, Oxford OX2 7LG, UK
  1. ichalmers{at}

The review by Cockbain and colleagues on the management of measles in older children and adults is timely,1 as this horrible disease continues to occur in developed and developing countries. I was surprised that the review did not mention prophylactic antibiotics, particularly as both the first and the most recent controlled trials …

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