Symptoms usually develop 10–12 days after exposure to an infected person and last 7–10 days.
Initial symptoms typically include fever, often greater than 40°C, cough, runny nose, and inflamed eyes.
Small white spots known as Koplik's spots may form inside the mouth two or three days after the start of symptoms.
A red, flat rash which usually starts on the face and then spreads to the rest of the body typically begins three to five days after the start of symptoms.
Common complications include diarrhea (in approximately 8% of cases), middle ear infection (7%), and pneumonia (6%).
These occur in part due to measles-induced immunosuppression.
Less commonly seizures, blindness, or inflammation of the brain may occur.
It can lead to pregnancy loss, too.
Anyone can get measles if they have not been vaccinated or have not had it before, although it's most common in young children.
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