Measles is a highly contagious illness caused by a virus that replicates in the nose and throat of an infected child or adult.
Mode of Transmission:
When someone with measles coughs, sneezes or talks, infected droplets spray into the air, where other people can inhale them.
The infected droplets may also land on a surface, where they remain active and contagious for several hours. You can contract the virus by putting your fingers in your mouth or nose or rubbing your eyes after touching the infected surface.
The good news is measles can now almost always be prevented with a vaccine.
Risk factors for measles include:
Being unvaccinated. If you haven’t received the vaccine for measles, you’re much more likely to develop the disease.
Traveling internationally. If you travel to developing countries, where measles is more common, you’re at higher risk of catching the disease.
Having a vitamin A deficiency. If you don’t have enough vitamin A in your diet, you’re more likely to have more-severe symptoms and complications.
So, Call your doctor if you think you or your child may have been exposed to measles or if you or your child has a rash resembling measles
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