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Measles

Measles is a serious illness caused by a virus. The virus can last for one to two weeks. It is rare today because most children are immunized against it. However, the number of diagnosed cases has grown across the country. This increase is related to children not being vaccinated.

What Are the Signs of Measles?

Measles starts with a fever that can get very high. Some of the other symptoms that may occur are:

  • Fatigue
  • Cough, runny nose, and red, watery eyes
  • Rash of tiny, red spots that usually lasts five to six days, (the rash begins at the hairline, moves to the face and upper neck, and proceeds down the body)
  • Diarrhea
  • Ear infection

If you see these symptoms, see your doctor immediately.

Topic:Physical Health

Keywords:Child illnessesPregnant women and expectant familiesHealth and wellnessChild care programs

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