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What is Measles?Measles, also called rubeola, is a highly contagious respiratory infection that's caused by a virus. It causes a total-body skin rash and flu-like symptoms, including a fever, cough, and runny nose. Though rare in the United States, 20 million cases occur world wide every year.Since measles is caused by a virus, there is no specific medical treatment and the virus has to run its course. But a child who is sick should be sure to receive plenty of fluids and rest, and be kept from spreading the infection to others. Treatment and prevention can only be dealt with corresponding vaccination.



- Blotchy Rash-Fever-Cough-Runny Nose-Red, watery eyes -Feeling run down, achy-Tiny white spots with bluish-white centers found inside mouth

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The virus lives in the mucus in the nose and throat of the infected person. When that person sneezes or coughs, droplets spray into the air. The droplets can get into other people’s noses or throats when they breathe or put their fingers in their mouth or nose after touching an infected surface. The virus can live on infected surfaces for up to 2 hours and spreads so easily that people who are not immune will probably get it when they come close to someone who is infected.

SOURCESCenters for Disease Control and Prevention. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 30 June 2014. Web. 05 July 2014."Measles." University of Maryland Medical Center. N.p., n.d. Web. 07 July 2014.

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