Measles is a viral disease that can spread rapidly through the air. Otherwise known as Morbilli or Rubeola, measles is an endemic disease; and people with a weak immune system are most at risk.
The infection with the rubeola virus causes measles. The virus lives in the throat or mucus of the nose of an infected person. It can also for two hours on an object. The infection spreads in the following ways:
The symptoms of measles include:
Symptoms appear within 14 days of initial infection with the virus. Symptoms after initial infection may include:
Measles can bring complications to:
Your doctor can confirm measles by examining your skin rash and other symptoms. If your doctor is unable to confirm measles based on observation, they may ask you to go for a blood test to confirm the presence of the measles virus.
There is no particular treatment or medication to treat measles. The virus and symptoms disappear within two weeks. However, your doctor may recommend:
Measles vaccination can prevent measles infection. People who have had measles already are immune, so, they do not need to get the vaccination again. People who are not immune should consider measles vaccination.
In the United States, the measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccine is given to children. Children get two does of vaccination, one at 12 to 15 months of age and the second dose at 4 to 6 years of age. However, pregnant women and people with a serious allergy to an antibiotic, gelatin or neomycin should not take the vaccination. Consult your doctor before taking the vaccination.