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      Category : Health Centers > Infections (Infectious Diseases)


Alternate Names : Red Measles, Rubeola, Morbilli

Overview, Causes, & Risk Factors | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

Measles is a viral infection of the respiratory tract and the skin. It is one of the most contagious diseases known. Measles was once very common, but a vaccine has made it much more rare.

What is going on in the body?

Measles is spread by direct contact with a person who has measles. It is spread by contaminated droplets that are breathed or coughed into the air from the contagious person.

What are the causes and risks of the disease?

Measles is caused by the rubeola virus. People who live in crowded or unsanitary conditions are more likely to get measles.


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Measles: Symptoms & Signs

Author: Gail Hendrickson, RN, BS
Reviewer: Eileen McLaughlin, RN, BSN
Date Reviewed: 07/13/01

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