What is measles?
Measles is a contagious respiratory disease.
It can be transferred by direct contact with saliva or secretions from the mouth or nose.
What are the signs and symptoms of measles?
- high body temperature
- a stuffy nose
- pink eyes
What causes measles?
Measles is caused by measles virus (MV) from the paramyxovirus family.
Who is susceptible to the measles?
- Children under the age of five.
- Adults who are over the age of 20 years of age.
- Women who are expecting a child.
- People with weakened immune systems, such as those who have leukaemia or are HIV positive.