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Ask the Doctor: Measles

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Measles remains in the headlines with no real answers about the probable cases here in Northern Nevada. But tonight we are getting answers to some of your questions about this disease.

Dr. Faisal Ahmad is my guest on the Ask the Doctor.

He's a pulmonoloigst with Saint Mary's Lung Center of Excellence.

Measles is a highly contagious virus that lives in the nose and throat mucus of an infected person. It can spread to others through coughing and sneezing. Also, measles virus can live for up to two hours on a surface or in an airspace where the infected person coughed or sneezed. If other people breathe the contaminated air or touch the infected surface, then touch their eyes, noses, or mouths, they can become infected. Measles is so contagious that if one person has it, 90% of the people close to that person who are not immune will also become infected.

Infected people can spread measles to others from four days before to four days after the rash appears.
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