WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT MEASLES
Measles is a highly contagious respiratory disease caused by a virus.
- A virus in the paramyxovirus family, which normally grows in the cells that line the back of the throat and lungs
Mode of Transmission
- Easily spreads from person-to-person by sneezing, coughing, and close personal contact
Signs and Symptoms
- Runny nose
- Red eyes/ conjunctivitis
- Blotchy rash lasting for more than 3 days
- Otitis media (middle ear infection)
- Immunize infants with measles vaccine at 9 months old.
- Give Vitamin A supplementation during routine measles vaccination.
- Nutritional support and oral rehydration are important to increase body resistance and replace lost body fluids caused by coughing, diarrhea, and perspiration.
- Take antibiotics as prescribed by physician to treat infections.
- Give supplementation to infants and children diagnosed with measles.
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