What are the signs and symptoms of measles?

Updated: Jun 06, 2019
  • Author: Selina SP Chen, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Russell W Steele, MD  more...
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Onset of measles ranges from 7-14 days (average, 10-12 days) after exposure to the virus. The first sign of measles is usually a high fever (often >104o F [40o C]) that typically lasts 4-7 days. The prodromal phase is also marked by malaise; anorexia; and the classic triad of conjunctivitis, cough, and coryza (the “3 Cs”). Other possible prodromal manifestations include photophobia, periorbital edema, and myalgias.


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