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What is Measles? (CDC.com)
Measles is a highly contagious virus that lives in the nose and throat mucus of an infected person. It is spread to others mainly through coughing and sneezing. If other people breathe the contaminated air or touch the infected surface, then touch their eyes, noses, or mouths, they can become infected.
- high fever (may spike to more than 104°),
- runny nose
- red, watery eye
2-3 days after symptoms begin: Koplik spots
Tiny white spots (Koplik spots) may appear inside the mouth two to three days after symptoms begin.
3-5 days after symptoms begin: measles rash
Three to five days after symptoms begin, a rash breaks out. It usually begins as flat red spots that appear on the face at the hairline and spread downward to the neck, trunk, arms, legs, and feet.
- Small raised bumps may also appear on top of the flat red spots.
- The spots may become joined together as they spread from the head to the rest of the body.
- When the rash appears, a person’s fever may spike to more than 104° Fahrenheit.
How Can I Prevent Measles?
- The main way to prevent yourself from getting infected by this extremly contagious disease is to simply, Get Vaccinated!
- Measles can be prevented with MMR vaccine. The vaccine protects against three diseases: measles, mumps, and rubella.
Measles Vaccination Recommendations?
- Two doses of MMR vaccine are about 97% effective at preventing measles; one dose is about 93% effective.
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