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What are the symptoms of measles?

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 after the early symptoms appear, Koplik's spots (small white spots inside the mouth) appear, and normally disappear after a day or so. A rash appears three to five days after the start of the early symptoms, starting behind the ears and spreading downwards to the rest of the body. Along with the rash, fever can increase in severity to above 40 degrees Celsius. Symptoms of measles normally last about seven to 10 days.

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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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