The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention describes measles as “a highly contagious respiratory disease caused by a virus. It spreads through the air through coughing and sneezing. Measles starts with a fever, runny nose, cough, red eyes, and sore throat, and is followed by a rash that spreads all over the body.”
According to health officials, more than 100 people in 14 states had Measles in January. Most of the cases were linked to the California theme park Disneyland.
Dr. Sandra Elizabeth Ford is the DeKalb District Health Director. I talked to her about the virus, the symptoms, and just how dangerous it is.