Measles is a highly contagious viral illness that is spread through the air by infected persons coughing or sneezing and by direct contact with that person's nose and throat secretions. The illness begins with a fever (101 degrees F or higher), red, watery eyes, cough and runny nose. This is followed by a rash that is red, raised, and blotchy. The rash begins at the hairline and moves down the body. Symptoms typically appear 8-12 days after exposure to measles. A person with measles is considered to be contagious through the fourth day after rash onset. You may be protected from measles if you were immunized for measles or if you have previously had the disease.
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms noted above, CALL your healthcare provider, healthcare facility, or urgent care before going in for a visit. This can help them provide you with the appropriate care and prevent the possibility of accidentally spreading the infection.
This will help to prevent spreading measles to others.
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