The likelihood of contracting a non-painful measles person in contact with a patient approaches 100%. Most often, children of preschool and school age are sick.
The source of infection is a sick person. The patient is contagious 4-6 days before the rash and in the first 4 days of the rash. The infection is transmitted by airborne droplets – by coughing, sneezing, talking and even breathing. A vertical transmission of measles is also possible – from a pregnant woman to the fetus.
The incubation period lasts an average of about 1-2 weeks.
Then the virus enters the blood from the mucous membrane of the mouth and pharynx and spreads to almost all organs and tissues. Continue reading