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Source: CDC Measles Factsheet
Measles is spread through coughing and sneezing. If people breathe the contaminated air or touch their eyes, nose or mouth after touching an infected surface, they can become infected.
Source: Transmission of Measles (CDC)
Measles is serious. It
is a respiratory virus that causes a rash and fever, in rare cases it can be
deadly. The virus can spread quickly
among those who are unvaccinated. Help
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Measles virus can live up to 2 hours on a surface or in an airspace where the infected person coughed or sneezed.
The best way to protect against measles is to get the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) shot.
For more information see the MMR vaccine information statement.
Some U.S. travelers have become sick with measles after traveling abroad. Anyone who is not protected against measles is at risk of getting infected when they travel internationally.
CDC Travelers' Health: Measles
CDC: Measles (Rubeola) For Healthcare Professionals
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Page last reviewed: November 14, 2018
Page last updated: November 14, 2018