Measles is a respiratory illness caused by a virus. It is spread easily from person to person through the air when someone coughs or sneezes. 

Measles starts with a fever, runny nose, cough, red and watery eyes, and is followed by a rash that spreads all over the body. Individuals with measles can develop serious complications including pneumonia, ear infections, or diarrhea. Complications are more common in adults and young children.

The best way to prevent measles is to get vaccinated. Two doses of the vaccine are about 97% effective at preventing the disease.

The last case of measles in El Paso County was in 2015. This was the first case seen in El Paso County since 1992.

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