She died last April and was publicly announced in July. The measles infection wasn’t detected until after an autopsy. She suffered from a rare inflammatory myopathy, or muscle disease called Dermatomyositis. Corticosteroids are a typical treatment which leaves the patient susceptible to infections.
According to the report, Health officials deduced that Montantes was among nearly three dozen people exposed to the measles virus at the Lower Elwha Health Clinic on Jan. 29, 2015. Among visitors to the clinic was a 52-year-old man who was later confirmed as the first case of measles in Washington’s Clallam County in 20 years.
The autopsy on Montantes confirmed that she had measles virus giant cell pneumonia.
Giant cell pneumonia is a deadly but fortunately rare complication of measles that tends to strike children who are immunodeficient from leukemia or AIDS, according to Medicine.net. The lung tissue shows multinucleated giant cells lining the alveoli (air sacs) of the lungs.
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