Measles is a viral infection of your respiratory system. It’s also known by the name rubeola. Measles is incredibly contagious and will easily spread anytime someone contacts saliva or mucus which has been contaminated with the measles virus. A simple sneeze or cough will turn the measles virus into an airborne pathogen. The virus is capable of living outside a body and on a surface for several hours. This makes it very easy for anyone nearby to become infected and have to deal with the measles virus.
Passing on the measles virus can be as simple as sharing a glass or utensils with someone at a meal. The measles virus is most dangerous to children. Measles is one of the most dangerous and deadly viruses for children. Back in 2010, approximately 140,000 people died from measles. According to the World Health Organization, the majority of the victims were children under the age of 5.