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Facts about the Measles Outbreak

Facts about the Measles Outbreak

Measles can be spread by an infected person who coughs or sneezes. The droplets can remain suspended in the air for up to two hours.

Measles starts with a fever, runny nose, cough, red eyes, and sore throat, followed by a rash that spreads all over the body.

Once infected with the measles, a person is infectious for four days before and four days after the appearance of a rash.

One in 1000 thousand people infected by the Measles die.

In the United States, widespread use of the measles vaccine has let to a greater than 99% reduction in measles cases.

Recently, a wealth of misinformation has led to parents choosing not to vaccinate their children. This resulted in an outbreak of the Measles when un-vaccinated children were infected by international travelers that were infected with the Measles.