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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.

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Health officials say there is no specific cure for measles. The only reliable method of preventing the disease is immunization.

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