Measles, a condition medically known as rubeola, is highly contagious. In fact, the disease is responsible for a total death toll of approximately 200 million individuals.
Brought about by the infectious rubeola virus, the measles is a highly endemic illness, meaning the virus can lie dormant among communities that are resistant to the disease. However, if the rubeola virus affects a community that’s never been exposed to measles, the consequences can be both destructive and deadly.
The measles virus breeds in the mucus of the nose and throat of infected individuals. Those who are contagious can spread measles up to 4-days prior to the presence of symptoms and for another 5 days after. To get informed on this illness, read about all the warning signs and symptoms of measles…
A mild to high fever may be the first sign of the measles virus. However, it can be mistaken for influenza. This fever can go from mild to severe (105-degrees Fahrenheit) in a matter of days, spiking when the victim develops a skin rash. When the fever subsides, typically, so does the measles rash.