What is the cause of measles?

Measles is caused by a virus. It is an acute, very infectious (contagious) illness and is transmitted from person to person when the measles virus is breathed, coughed or sneezed into the air and then inhaled by another person who becomes infected by droplet spread. Measles often occurs in epidemics and is an important cause of childhood death in poor, unimmunised communities.

Measles is a highly infectious and serious disease.

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