Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals

Measles


Measles surveillance assessment and monitoring

Measles is a highly contagious vaccine-preventable disease caused by the measles virus, a member of the genus Morbillivirus in the family paramyxoviridae. It is spread by droplets or direct contact with nasal or throat secretions of infected persons; less commonly by airborne spread or by articles freshly soiled with secretions of nose and throat. Measles is one of the most readily transmitted communicable diseases and probably the best known and most deadly of all childhood rash/fever illnesses.

WHO-Recommended Surveillance Standard of Measles

Statistics on Measles

Last updated: 22 May 2012

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