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Photos of Measles and People with Measles

Español: Fotos del virus del sarampión y de personas con sarampión

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Measles Clinical Features Video

CDC's Dr. Raymond Strikas, MD
CDC's Dr. Raymond Strikas, MD, describes clinical features of measles infection. Video, 3:15 minutes

Measles Photos

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Measles Skin Rash

Young child with moderate illness: runny nose, teary eyes caused by measles infection. (From measles clinical features video)
Young child with moderate illness: runny nose, teary eyes caused by measles infection.


Young boy 5 to 6 days into illness with rash and cough (From measles clinical features video)
Young boy five to six days into illness with rash and cough.


Young, dark-skinned child with watery eyes, runny nose, and raised rash. (From measles clinical features video)
Young, dark-skinned child with watery eyes, runny nose, and raised rash.


Face of boy with measles, (third day rash). PHIL Photo ID#1150
Face of boy after three days with measles rash.


This is the skin of a patient after 3 days of measles infection. PHIL Photo ID# 3168
Skin of a patient after three days with measles rash.


This child shows a classic day-4 rash with measles.PHIL Photo ID# 132
Child with a classic measles rash after four days.


This late 1960s photograph shows a Nigerian mother and her child who was recovering from measles; note that the skin is sloughing on the child as he heals from his measles infection. PHIL Photo ID# 6887
Skin sloughing off of a child healing from measles infection.


Face of child with measles. PHIL Photo ID# 990
Face of child with measles.


Eyes of a child with measles. PHIL Photo ID# 989
Eyes of a child with measles.

Koplik Spots (Early Symptom of Measles)

This was a patient who presented with Koplik’s spots on palate due to pre-eruptive measles on day 3 of the illness. PHIL Photo ID# 3187
This was a patient who presented with Koplik’s spots on palate due to pre-eruptive measles on day three of the illness.


This patient presented on the third pre-eruptive day with “Koplik spots” indicative of the beginning onset of measles.PHIL Photo ID# 6111
This patient presented on the third pre-eruptive day with “Koplik spots” indicative of the beginning onset of measles.

Measles Virus Under a Microscope

This thin-section transmission electron micrograph (TEM) revealed the ultrastructural appearance of a single virus particle, or “virion”, of measles virus. The measles virus is a paramyxovirus, of the genus Morbillivirus. PHIL Photo ID# 8429
This thin-section transmission electron micrograph (TEM) revealed the ultrastructural appearance of a single virus particle, or "virion", of measles virus. The measles virus is a paramyxovirus, of the genus Morbillivirus.


Histopathology of measles pneumonia, (Giant cell with intracytoplasmic inclusions.) PHIL Photo ID# 858
Histopathology of measles pneumonia, (Giant cell with intracytoplasmic inclusions.)

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