From Europe Today, April 1998 comes a fascinating report concerning the degree of errors occurring within the diagnosis of measles. The feedback arises from the UK's Public Health Laboratory Service, which discovered that 97.5% of the time, British doctors are wrong on their proper diagnosis of measles. This conclusion was reached after saliva tests were performed on 12,000 person identified as having measles. Roger Buttery, an advisor on transmissible diseases at the Cambridge and Huntingdon Health Department, said "a vast majority of doctors say they are able to recognize measles 'a mile off' but we now know this illness happens in only 2.5% of the cases." If the information offered by Buttery et al. is correct, then the true incidence of measles in the UK is not the reported 6,000 per year, but more like 150.

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