Measles, also called rubeola or red measles, is a very contagious disease that is caused by a virus. Anyone who has not been immunized can get measles, but children are especially at risk.
Measles causes a red, blotchy rash that begins on the face and spreads down the body. Symptoms also include:
Most people fully recover from measles within 2 to 3 weeks. But measles can sometimes cause dangerous problems, such as brain swelling (encephalitis) leading to seizures, hearing loss or even death. Since there is no cure, prevention is very important. The measles vaccine is a safe and effective way to prevent measles.
Causes of the disease, how it's spread, and where it's found.
Main symptoms, what to look for and what to do if you become ill.
What the risks are and who is most at risk.
How the disease is diagnosed and treatment options.
How the disease can be prevented, vaccine information and additional measures.
How the disease is monitored.
Disease description, epidemiology, publications and resources.