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What is Measles ?

Measles, also known as rubeola, is a medical condition that is characterized by the presentation of flu-like symptoms, red eyes and patches of reddened rashes. Accompanying symptoms include transient spots that appear in the mouth, which are unique to measles. The condition is more common among below 2 years of age and is highly contagious, but has become relatively rare following widespread vaccination programs throughout the world. The prognosis is generally good with a good survival rate, but complications are relatively common, ranging from the relatively mild (such as diarrhea) to the very serious (such as acute encephalitis); complications are generally more severe in adults, the malnourished and the immunodeficient. Since it is very infectious, individuals with this condition should immediately consult a medical professional.
The cause of Measles is not known or still under medical review.
The risk of Measles is not known or still under medical review.

Measles may result in the following complications:

  • Loss of vision
  • Hemorrhagic measles
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Infection may be passed on to the unborn child if the mother is infected during pregnancy
  • Secondary bacterial infections
The prevention of Measles is not known or still under medical review.

Treatments and management of Measles may vary depending on the individual patient and the severity of the medical condition. Treatment options may include:

  • Antibiotics
  • Immunoglobulin Therapy
  • Intravenous Therapy
  • Analgesics
  • Antipyretics
  • Antivirals
  • Vitamin A Supplements