Measles/ Rubeola (measles virus)

Symptoms

Fever, watery eyes, runny nose, and cough.  A red blotchy rash appears on the third to seventh day, beginning on the face, spreading down the trunk and down the arms and legs.  The rash usually lasts 4-7 days.

Incubation Period

4 days before to 4 days after the rash begins

Mode of Transmission & Communicability

The virus is spread directly by droplets from coughing and sneezing and indirectly through hands or objects contaminated with nose or throat discharges of infected persons.  Communicable 24 hours before the onset of symptoms and for 5 days after nasal involvement.

School Action

The virus is spread directly by droplets from coughing and sneezing and indirectly through hands or objects contaminated with nose or throat discharges of infected persons. Communicable 3-4 days before the rash appears and until 4 days after the appearance of the rash.