Measles has made a comeback. It is imperative that everyone be aware of the highly infectious illness.
Measles, caused by the rubeola virus, if enters an area where people have never been exposed to it, can have horrific results.
Measles is also known as rubeola or morbilli. It is an endemic disease which means it is continually present in a community, and many people develop resistance. Till date, scientists have indeified 21 strains of the measles virus
The condition though unpleasant usually passes normally without treatment within 7 to 10 days. After a person is infected with measles, they gain immunity from the condition – it doesn’t strike a second time.
Vaccinating against the infection would prevent the infection from ever occurring throughout your life. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimate that 2.6 million people who have not had the vaccine die of measles every year.
Symptoms of Measles
The most common symptom of measles is a huge breakout of spots. Symptoms will appear about 9 to 11 days after initial infection.
A person suffering from measles has atleast 1 of the three amongst cough, coryza or runny nose and conjunctivitis.
Other symptoms may include:
- swollen eyelids and inflamed eyes
- watery eyes
- sensitivity to light or photophobia
- reddish-brown rashes that usually starts behind the ears and spreads over the head and neck, followed by the legs a couple of days a
- very small grayish-white spots with bluish-white centers in the mouth, insides of cheeks, and throat
- body aches
- Fever that can range from mild severe, up to 40.6 degrees Centigrade.
- The reddish-brown rash appears around 3 to 4 days after initial symptoms. This can last for over a week.