- Measles is a serious respiratory disease caused by a virus.
Measles starts with a fever. Soon after, it causes a cough, runny nose, and red eyes. Then a rash of tiny, red spots breaks out.
It starts at the head and spreads to the rest of the body. The rash can last for a week, and coughing can last for 10 days.
- Measles is highly contagious and spreads through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
- Measles can cause serious health complications, such as pneumonia or encephalitis, or even death.
Children younger than 5 years of age and adults older than 20 years of age are at high risk of getting a serious
case of measles.
For more information on Measles: Centers For Disease Control and Prevention