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Measles is a highly contagious viral infection that affects the respiratory system. It is caused by the measles virus, which can survive on surfaces for many hours, thus allowing for easy transmission. The virus settles in the mucus of the nose and throat, producing a range of symptoms that begin manifesting about seven to 12 days after exposure. Here are eight of the most distinctive symptoms of measles.

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1. Fever

Fever is one of the earliest symptoms to make an appearance, and most individuals who contract measles run a temperature. The fever associated with measles can reach as high as 104 F and typically lasts for about a week. If temperature runs high even after three to five days of taking medication to control it, the risk of further complications is high. Consult with your physician immediately in this circumstance.

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