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What are the Measles?
Measles, also known as rubeola, is a viral infection of the respiratory system. Measles is a very contagious disease that can spread through contact with infected mucus and saliva. The coughing or sneezing of an infected person can release the virus into the air. The virus can live on surfaces for several hours. As the infected particles enter the air and settle on surfaces, anyone within close proximity can become infected with the measles virus.
Drinking from an infected person’s glass or sharing eating utensils with an infected person increases your risk of infection.
Measles is a leading cause of death in children. Of the 139,300 global deaths related to measles in 2010, the World Health Organization (WHO) reports that most of the victims were under the age of 5 (WHO).
Contact a doctor immediately if you suspect you have measles. If you have not received a measles vaccine and you come into contact with an infected person, visit your doctor to receive a measles vaccine within 72 hours of contact to prevent an infection. You can also prevent an infection with a dose of immuneglobulin taken within six days of contact with an infected person.
Who Is at Risk for Measles?
How to Treat Measles
If you or a family member contracts the measles virus, limit interaction with others. This includes staying home from school or work and avoiding social activities.
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