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How is measles spread?

When an infected person sneezes or coughs, millions of tiny droplets, each containing many viruses, are spread into the air. The droplets can infect by entering your nose or mouth. The droplets can also collect on surfaces and objects. You can catch the virus by touching an infected surface and then touching your nose or mouth area.

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Author: Dr Joanne Van der Velden PhD, BSc (Hons)
First answered: 18 Sep 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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