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Measles is a viral infection that most children get if they have not been vaccinated against it.
However, it is quite possible for adults to also get this infection. In the US, the number of measles cases has decreased quite significantly as children are immunized against it. However, still some children and adults do get measles.You might be wonder what does measles look like. Measles appears as a characteristic rash all over the body. However, there are two types of measles -- the red measles, also known as hard measles or 9-day measles, and the German measles. The red measles is caused by the rubeola virus, while the German measles is caused by the rubella virus. Usually when people refer to measles, they are talking about red measles and not German measles.
As mentioned earlier, measles appears in the form of a rash. The rash is like red bumps that typically appear on the face first. Then the rash spread to the other parts of the body. In addition, the infected person will also develop spots in the mouth, namely on the insides of the cheeks and the tongue. These spots are known as Koplik spots. The spots appear before the rash makes an appearance. Once the rash goes away, the skin may begin to peel just like how the skin peels after getting sun burnt.
German measles also causes rash, but this rash is not as bad as the one caused by red measles. The rash in German measles is pink or pale red in color. The rash starts as spots, which then combine to form larger blotches. This rash also starts from the face and then spreads to the other parts of the body. A person suffering from German measles can also get conjunctivitis, sore throat and be sensitive to light.
Whether a person gets red measles or German measles, rash and fever are inevitable. Also, both types of measles are contagious and spread through direct contact or through airborne droplets when the person coughs or sneezes.
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