Approximately two dozen people in a single Beijing office building have contracted the measles, prompting health officials to order quarantines and emergency vaccinations, according to a South China Morning Post report.
The downtown Beijing Kaiheng Centre is home to the state-owned Bank of China and some 3,500 workers.
Since the beginning of the year, Beijing has seen 68 measles cases.
In 2014, China reported more than 107,000 measles cases and 26 deaths, according to a World Health Organization report.
- generalized maculopapular rash, usually lasting three or more days, and
- fever (at least 38°C, if measured) present at the time of rash onset, and
- cough or coryza or conjunctivitis.
Measles is transmitted by airborne droplets and direct contact with discharges from respiratory mucous membranes of infected persons and less commonly by articles freshly soiled with nose and throat secretions.
Measles is highly infectious and can persist in the environment for at least 30 minutes.
The incubation period is variable and averages 10 days (range: 7 – 18 days) from exposure to the onset offever, with an average of 14 days from exposure to the onset of rash. The infectious period of patients with measles is five days before, to four days after, the appearance of the rash.
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