Learn about the signs and symptoms of measles, which can be dangerous, especially for babies and young children.
According to the Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention,
7 to 14 days after coming in contact with the virus, these symptoms can occur:
- high fever (may spike to more than 104°)
- runny nose (coryza)
- red, watery eyes (conjunctivitis)
2-3 days after symptoms begin, tiny white spots (Koplik spots) may appear inside the mouth.
3-5 days after symptoms begin a measles rash breaks out. It usually starts on face at the hairline and spreads downward to the neck, trunk, arms, legs, and feet.
- Small raised bumps may also appear on top of the flat red spots
- The spots may become joined together as they spread from the head to the rest of the body
- With the rash appears, a person’s fever may spike to more than 104° Fahrenheit.
The CDC warns, call your doctor immediately if you think you or your child have been exposed to measles.