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Also known as Rubeola virus.
It is a common childhood disease.
Infection of the respiratory system.
infection caused by a virus, which causes an illness displaying a characteristicskin rash.Signs and Symptoms
Dry Persistent Cough
Coryza (runny nose)
Conjunctivis (Red Eyes)
Sore Throat
Koplik’s Spots (grayish pecks)
Four day fevers that reach up to 40˚C (104˚F)
Red Blotchy Skin Rash
Sensitivity to lightMode of Transmission
Airborne pathogen which spreads primarily via the respiratory system.
It is transmitted in the respiratory secretions, and can be passed from personto person via aerosol droplets containing virus particles.Incubation Period
10 days from exposure to appearance of fever
14 days until rash appearsMethods and Prevention and Control
Avoid exposing children to any person with fever or with acute catarrhalsymptoms.
Isolation of cases from diagnosis until about 5-7 days after onset of rash.
Disinfection of all articles soiled with secretion of nose and throat.
Encouragement by health department and by private physician of administration of measles immune globulin to susceptible infants andchildren under 3 years of age in families or institutions where measles occur.
Live attenuated and inactivated measles virus vaccines have been tested andare available for use in children with no history of measles, at 9 months of age or soon thereafter.Nursing Responsibilities
Emphasize the need for immediate isolation when early catarrhal symptomsappear.
Observe closely the patient for complications during and after the acutestage.
 Teach, demonstrate, guide and supervise adequate nursing care indicated.
Explain the proceedings, in proper disposal of nose and throat discharges.
Explain concurrent and terminal disinfection.

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