Health officials in Samara Oblast in the Volga Federal District of Russia are reporting a measles outbreak this month.
Six cases of the dangerous disease have been officially registered in Samara, according to a a local media report.
Caused by a highly contagious virus, measles spreads from person to person by breathing, coughing, or sneezing. Signs and symptoms of measles include rash, high fever and a cough, runny nose, or red, watery eyes. People can spread measles up to 4 days before and 4 days after they have a rash. Measles can lead to serious complications, such as pneumonia (infection of the lungs), and even death.
Health officials say there is no specific cure for measles. The only reliable method of preventing the disease is immunization.