Pediatric Measles

Pediatric Measles

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Summary

Measles is a viral infection that causes a red, blotchy rash on the skin.

Expanded overview

Measles is an illness that is caused by a virus and usually affects children. Though it can be serious and even life threatening, measles is now prevented due to regular vaccination schedules.

Because it can lead to potentially serious complications, measles should be properly diagnosed and treated as quickly as possible. Measles-related complications can include:

Causes

Measles is caused by coming into direct contact with someone who has the virus. In addition, when someone with the condition coughs, sneezes or talks, this can spread the virus onto nearby people, air and surfaces.

Risk Factors

If your child has not been vaccinated against measles, has traveled to developing countries where the virus is still fairly common or has a vitamin A deficiency, they may be at a higher risk for acquiring the virus.

Symptoms

Signs and symptoms of measles can include:

  • Dry cough
  • Runny nose
  • Inflamed eyes
  • Sore throat
  • Fever
  • Red, blotchy rash on the skin

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