Measles is a highly infectious respiratory virus stemming from the paramyxovirus group that can be spread through coughing, sneezing and touching contaminated surfaces. Usually contracted during childhood, measles causes flu-like symptoms and a rash on the body.
Contact with the rubeola virus
Initial symptoms of measles can include:
Red eyes and light sensitivity to light
Following these initial symptoms, the following symptoms are likely to appear:
Red, blotchy rash will appear on the body
Spots or blisters on hands and feet
White spots inside the cheeks
Paracetamol to relieve pain
Severe cases may require antibiotic treatment
Children under the age of five, adults and those with chronic illnesses are more at risk of developing complications from measles. These can include: otitis media, diarrhoea, vomiting, pneumonia, encephalitis and subacute sclerosing panencephalitis.
A vaccination is available for measles (MMR) and, according to figures, is 99 per cent effective in preventing the virus.
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