Measles, another common illness, is also caused by a virus. Children come in contact with it by touching or inhaling droplets from an infected person or by contacting the sources blood or urine, e.g. a food preparer who doesnt wash his hands. The disease takes from 10 to 20 days from the time of contact to first symptoms. Symptoms include fever, malaise, followed by cough and red eyes. Three to four days later, a rash appears on the childs face, then gradually spreads downward. The rash is red initially, later turning brown. The child should be isolated until the fifth day of the rash. Treatment includes bedrest, medication for fever and possibly antibiotics to prevent secondary bacterial infection in high-risk children. Measles, while less common than it was prior to immunizations, still does occur. The child should be recovered in about nine days.


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