What Is the First Sign of Measles?: I live in Southern California, where there is a measles outbreak. Over the last couple days, I’ve been feeling run down and coughing. I thought it was a cold virus, but I developed a fever today and called off work. It’s probably the flu, but how do I know if it’s measles? What is the first sign of measles?
Measles (Rubeola) Measles, also known as rubeola, is a viral respiratory infection. Measles and German Measles (a different but similar virus also known as rubella) are serious infections that cause fever and rash. Most recover without incident, but measles infections can lead to pneumonia and brain inflammation. Vaccines have reduced measles infections to a few dozen a year in the U.S., but no cure exists. Patients should treat symptoms with pain relievers, fever reducers, and fluids.
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