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Measles is a serious and highly contagious disease caused by a virus. It is an airborne disease which mainly spreads when an infected person breathes, coughs, sneezes, or speaks. 

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The main symptoms are

  • High fever
  • Coughing
  • Nasal congestion 
  • Runny nose
  • Red and watery eyes
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Skin rash beginning on the forehead, then extending to the face, neck, trunk, arms, legs, and feet (2-4 days after symptoms begin).

An infected person can spread measles to others even before knowing they have the disease—from four days before developing the measles rash through four days afterward. The illness can last 1 to 2 weeks.

Are you protected against measles?

Measles protection

Vaccination is the best way to be protected against measles.

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