Child rear showing measles rash

A child showing a rash characteristic of measles

“How to treat baby rash”

“My baby is hot and full of red rash all over the body”

Measles (technically called morbilli or rubeola and historically called first disease) is a highly contagious Morbilli virus infection that is contagious from five days before the rash appears until it disappears. The incubation period is 10 to 14 days.

It was originally a disease of cattle that was only passed to humans after these animals were domesticated many thousands of years ago.

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