Is measles contagious?
Measles is a highly contagious condition.
Author: Idan Ben-Barak
First answered: 19 Sep 2014
Last reviewed: 17 Oct 2018
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Measles is a highly contagious viral infection that typically causes a skin rash and fevers, mostly in young children. It has the potential to cause serious complications, including death.
Early symptoms of measles resemble cold symptoms. They can include mild to moderate fever; coughing; a sore throat; sneezing; a runny nose; reddish, watery eyes that are sensitive to light, and; malaise (a general feeling of unwellness). Two to three days …
Any person who is not immune can get measles. The disease is most common among children aged one to five years.
Your doctor will diagnose measles by the clinical signs, particularly the rash, and confirm it with blood tests.
There is no specific treatment for measles. Once the disease is established in the body, treatment involves supportive measures and watching out for complications.
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 …
A measles vaccine is available and routinely provided for children above 12 months of age.
Normally, measles is not serious. However, complications of measles can appear in up to two in every five (40%) of cases and may be serious, even fatal.