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Measles is a highly contagious, serious disease caused by a virus. Although measles was once one of the leading causes of death among young children worldwide, the incidence of disease has decreased significantly in developed nations because of the success of immunization campaigns.
How Measles Spreads
Normally, the virus is spread through the air by coughing and sneezing, or by close contact with an infected person. The disease can also be spread by direct contact with nasal or throat secretions from an infected person. The virus remains contagious for up to two hours in the air or on infected surfaces. An infected person can transmit measles four days before a rash is visible to four days after the rash erupts. The virus infects the mucous membranes and then spreads throughout the body.
Signs & Symptoms
The first sign is usually a high fever that begins about 10 to 14 days after exposure to the virus and lasts four to seven days. The most notable sign is a rash of flat red spots that develops after several days, usually on the face and upper neck. The rash will spread and eventually reach the hands and feet, last for five to six days, and then fade. On average, the rash develops 14 days after one is infected by the virus.
Other symptoms include:
- Red, watery eyes
- White spots inside the mouth
- Sore throat
- Muscle aches
- Runny nose
- Light sensitivity
Who is at risk?
Young children who are unvaccinated have the highest risk of getting the measles and its complications. In addition, unvaccinated pregnant women are at risk. Anyone who has not been vaccinated, or who was vaccinated but did not develop immunity, can become infected. The good news is after you’ve had the virus, you are immune for life.
MMR Vaccine: The Best Protection Against Measles
If you think that you or your child may have measles, a RediClinic clinician can diagnose the disease. However, no specific antiviral treatment exists for measles virus. The best defense is offense, and that means being vaccinated. RediClinic offers MMR vaccine, a three-in-one vaccination that can protect against measles, mumps and rubella.
Who should get the MMR vaccine and when?
To learn more about the MMR vaccine, who should get it and when, visit RediClinic MMR Vaccine.
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