Measles is a highly contagious, airborne virus that lives in the nose and throat mucus of an infected person. Measles can spread to others through coughing and sneezing.
Measles can be serious:
- 1 out of 4 people who get measles will be hospitalized.
- 1 out of every 1,000 people
- with measles will develop
brain swelling due to infection (encephalitis), which may lead to brain damage.
- 1 or 2 out of 1,000 people with measles will die, even with the best care.