MEASLES

 

Measles also called rubeola is a highly contagious infection caused by the measles virus. This disease remains one of the leading causes of death among young children globally, despite the availability of a safe and effective vaccine.

Symptoms

Symptoms include:

  • Coryza - runny nose.

  • Dry hacking cough.

  • Conjunctivitis - swollen eyelids, inflamed eyes.

  • Watery eyes.

  • Photophobia - sensitivity to light.

  • Sneezing.

 

Risk factors

Unvaccinated young children are at highest risk of measles and its complications, including death. Unvaccinated pregnant women are also at risk. Any non-immune person can become infected.

Prevention

People who have already had measles are immune and will not get it again. Cases of re-infection are extremely rare.

Treatment

There is no prescription medication to treat measles. The virus and symptoms typically disappear within two to three weeks.

 

 

Culled from Staywellworld blog post dated April 11, 2017.

To learn more, click on 

https://www.staywellworld.org/post/2017/04/11/the-threat-of-measles

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