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Measles

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Infectious Diseases A-Z: Battling a myth about measles vaccine

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Infectious Diseases A-Z: Measles in America 2018

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Infectious Diseases A-Z: Measles in the U.S.

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Mayo Clinic Infectious Diseases Expert Comments on Measles- Dr. Pritish Tosh

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Measles Diagnosis

Measles is a highly contagious infectious disease caused by the measles virus. Symptoms usually develop 10–12 days after exposure to an infected person and last 7–10 days. Initial symptoms typically include fever, often greater than 40 °C (104.0 °F), cough, runny nose, and inflamed eyes. Small white spots known as Koplik's spots may form inside the mouth two or three days after the start of symptoms. A red, flat rash which usually starts on the face and then spreads to the rest of the body typically begins three to five days after the start of symptoms. Complications occur in about 30% of cases and may include diarrhea, blindness, inflammation of the brain, and pneumonia, among others. Rubella, which is sometimes called German measles, and roseola are different diseases caused by unrelated viruses.
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