Measles, or Rubeola, is a contagious viral disease marked by an itchy skin rash.

Measles is an infectious disease caused by a virus. It spreads easily from person to person. The main symptom of measles is an itchy skin rash. The rash often starts on the head and moves down the body. Other symptoms include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Runny nose
  • Conjunctivitis (pink eye)
  • Achy and run down feeling
  • Tiny white spots inside the mouth

Sometimes measles can lead to serious problems. There is no treatment for measles, but the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine can prevent it.

“German measles,” also known as rubella, is a completely different illness.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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