|Description:||This photograph depicts the head, neck and chest of a young child who’d been infected with the Morbillivirus known as measles, or rubeola, and was displaying the characteristic rash associated with this viral infection.|
What is measles?
Measles is an infectious viral disease that occurs most often in the late winter and spring. It begins with a fever that lasts for a couple of days, followed by a cough, runny nose, and conjunctivitis (pink eye). A rash starts on the face and upper neck, spreads down the back and trunk, then extends to the arms and hands, as well as the legs and feet. After about 5 days, the rash fades the same order in which it appeared.