Three confirmed measles cases have been reported in the Autonomous Region of Madeira, according to a release from ISAUDE Chairman of the Board of Directors, Herberto Jesus (computer translated).
The three cases have an epidemiological link, thus is considered an outbreak, he noted,
The patients include three adults–two female and one male. One of the cases has a link with the outbreaks currently in Lisbon and Tagus Valley in Portugal.
Measles is a disease that can lead to serious complications, such as pneumonia (infection of the lungs), and even death. It is caused by a highly contagious virus that is spread through the air by breathing, coughing, or sneezing. Signs and symptoms of measles include rash, high fever, cough, runny nose, and red, watery eyes.
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Vaccination is the best way to prevent measles. Anyone who has received two doses of a measles-containing vaccine is highly unlikely to get measles.