Complications from measles (rubeola)

Complications from measles include ear infection and, in rare cases, pneumonia, strep throat, diarrhea, and encephalitis. In extremely rare cases, encephalitis can result in permanent brain damage and death.

If a pregnant woman gets measles, she has a greater chance of miscarrying her baby, delivering her baby prematurely, or delivering a stillborn baby. But measles infection does not cause birth defects.

Infants, older adults, people who have impaired immune systems, and people who have poor nutrition are at a higher risk for complications.

Last Updated: April 7, 2009

Author: Debby Golonka, MPH

Medical Review: Michael J. Sexton, MD - Pediatrics & Christine Hahn, MD - Epidemiology

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