Measles infection is caused by a virus that is spread through coughing and sneezing. Symptoms appear 7 to 14 days after contact with the virus and typically include high fever, cough, runny nose, and watery eyes. A rash appears 3 to 5 days after the first symptoms and spreads to the face, chest, and arms. Measles is highly contagious and can cause complications such as pneumonia and ear infection. Vaccination is the best way to prevent exposure and illness.
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