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Why is measles considered contagious

Published at 01/10/2012 20:43:50


Not every transferable disease is contagious. The line between the infectious and non infectious ailments is not very clear. For example, tuberculosis is can be transferred from one individual to the other, yet it is not regarded as a communicable disease. So, contrary to what you use to believe, not all ailments can pass as transferable even though they can be transferred. Measles happens to be a communicable scourge. Base on the explanation here, if all health conditions that is infectious cannot be termed so, why then is measles and others like it are regarded world over as a transferable diseases? Before answer is provided for this question, a little time will be taken to build a solid foundation on this information so as to carry everyone along; especially those with little or no knowledge about the condition.

Causes, signs and treatments

Measles is a highly contagious ailment and has been making its round for a long time now. It is highly communicable, in most case can lead to complication if medical intervention is not received. The condition is caused by virus called paramyxoviridae. The disease is considered as serious because it has 30% complication possibilities. This means that out of 100 cases, 30 cases of measles can lead to complications and it is usually common among children below the ages of 5 years and 20 years above. Rubeola as it scientifically called is a virus infection that triggers a complete body rash, fever, cough, catarrh, and flu like sings. Statistics report confirms that about 20million cases occurs world wide yearly; though it is rare in the United States.

Because it is caused by virus, there is no specified treatment and as such usually left to run its cause. Notably, patients suffering from Rubeola are advised to drink a lot of liquid, rest and be isolated from others to stop the disease from spreading and affecting others. 

How to know you have measles

Due to the contagiousness of the disease, early detection is a paramount preventive measure because once it is detected it can be checked from affecting others. Early discovery requires reporting symptoms like the ones mentioned previously to the doctors for further diagnosis. Apart from the symptoms mentioned earlier, another sign is the Koplik spot like pigment that appears inside the mouth. There is no marked information that indicates the reason why some scourge is contagious and while others are not. You may have been told that communicable ailments are so called because it is easily transferred from one person to the other. If it is what about conditions like AIDS, Tuberculosis, and others that can be transferred to another person on contact even though they are not called contagious diseases. Measles during the incubation stage is not contagious after 4 our days, when symptoms are visible it becomes completely infectious.


In conclusion, the body blemish affects virtually every part of the body; inside and outside. The liver, lymph, kidney, eyes, ear; virtually all part of the body is not spared from the onslaught of the scourge. Measles or Rubeola is considered as contagious because it is a virus infection that is transferable from an affected person to the other through bodily contacts.


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