Measles - Symptoms


Most defining symptoms of measles is fever along with one of the three C’s (Cough, Coryza, Conjunctivitis). Symptoms generally appear after 10 to 14 days days of exposure to the virus. During this stage, the virus multiplies and spreads throughout the body. Symptoms include:

  • Fever
  • Runny or stuffy nose.
  • Cough
  • Light sensitivity
  • Red or inflamed eyes
  • Teary eyes
  • Sore throat
  • White spots inside the mouth
  • Sneezing
  • Koplik's spots - bluish-white spots appear on the insides of cheeks and throat.
  • Muscle aches
  • Rash - appears within the first three to five days of exposure to the virus. The rash can last for over a week. It usually starts on the back of the ears and spreads to the other parts of the body.

A person infected with measles can spread the disease for about 8 days. He or she is highly contagious for four days before the rash appears and until four days after the rash appears. Common complications of measles include diarrhea and pneumonia.

Do you know? Measles can be prevented by vaccination.

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