Essay on The Infectious Period Of Measles

1273 Words Dec 19th, 2016 6 Pages
The Measles starts with a fever, runny nose, cough, red eyes, and sore throat. It is then followed by a rash that spreads over the body, starting first on the face along the hairline. The infectious period of measles is 4 days before rash onset through 4 days after rash onset. The measles are a highly contagious virus that lives in the nose and throat mucus and spreads through the air through coughing and sneezing. (WHO, 2016). The measles virus can remain airborne for up to an hour after the infected person has left the area. The measles are so contagious that if one person has it, 90% of the unvaccinated people close to them will become infected. Rarely can the virus be deadly. The incubation period for measles is 8-12 days. A measles outbreak occurred between January and February of 2015 which involved Brazil, Canada, Mexico, and the United States in which there were a total of 147 cases reported. There were 17 states involved in the United States, including Washington, D.C in which 121 measles cases were reported. The outbreak likely stated from a traveler who became infected overseas with measles and visited the amusement park while infectious (WHO, 2016). Therefore, an overseas traveler could have come via airplane. As well as travel in the United States could have been via car or airplane. The majority of the cases 103 are linked to an amusement park in California, which they visited between 17 and 20 of December 2014. The age range of the patients were…

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