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Sunday, July 6, 2008

Measles: It's Like a Thousand Missile Attacks

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Measles, also recognized as 'rougeole' in French, is an infection caused by a virus, particularly a paramyxovirus of the genus Morbillivirus. 'German Measles' is rubella.

Measles is spread in the course of respiration (get in touch with with fluids from an infected person's nose and mouth, either directly or through aerosol transmission), and is extremely contagious—90% of people with no immunity sharing a house with an infected person will catch it. Airborne precautions should be taken for all suspected cases of measles.

The incubation period typically lasts for 4–12 days (throughout which there are no symptoms). Infected people stay behind contagious from the manifestation of the first symptoms until 3–5 days after the skin complaint appears.