Measles Info At eCureMe.com Measles is a highly contagious infection that often occurs in children, but can also cause illness in adults. The disease is spread through contact with virus-infected secretions from someone with the virus. These secretions are carried via sneezing, coughing, or soiled clothing. Measles is preventable by Immunization during childhood.
Measles Initiative The Measles Initiative is a long-term commitment to control measles deaths in Africa by vaccinating 200 million children, preventing 1.2 million deaths over five years. Leading this effort are the American Red Cross, United Nations Foundation, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, World Health Organization, and United Nations Children's Fund. Other key players in the fight against measles include the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, and countries and governments affected by measles.
Don't Count Rubella Out Yet The CDC had hoped that by the end of this year, it would have chased a disease called rubella (german measles) out of the country for good. But officials there now say that four rubella outbreaks involving mostly foreign-born workers in 1999 may delay their ambitious goal.
German Measles or Rubella Children are not usually affected too badly, and often the first manifestation is the rash. This is a fine, pink rash spreading from the forehead and face downwards. The rash may last for 1 to 5 days. There are often some of the glands (lymph nodes) enlarged, especially behind the ears and on the back of the head.
Rubella Fact Sheet Rubella virus is spread by contact with discharges from nose or throat The virus is usually shed in the discharges from about 7 days before the rash until at least 4 days after the rash begins. Rubella virus is passed to the next person by direct contact with the secretions. Babies with rubella acquired at or before birth can continue to shed virus in nose and throat secretions and in urine for 1 year or more.
Rubella Immunization The live rubella virus vaccine gives long-term, probably life-long protection against rubella. The most frequent side effects of rubella vaccine in adults is some joint aches and occasional joint swelling.
Understanding Rubella Rubella is a viral disease characterized by slight fever, rash and swollen glands. Most cases are mild.