Measles Awareness

Important Measles Information

Highly Infectious: Just 15 minutes of direct contact with someone who has measles can spread the virus.

How it Spreads:

  • Coughing and sneezing
  • Close personal contact
  • Contact with infected nasal/throat mucus

Infectious Period: 4 days before the rash appears until 4 days after.


  • High fever (>39°C)
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Cough and/or cikd
  • Koplik spots (bluish-white spots in the mouth)
  • Rash that starts on the face/neck and spreads

Prevention in Healthcare Settings:

  • Isolate suspected cases immediately
  • Ensure infection control measures

Testing: Urgent PCR swab test to confirm measles. Results available in 48 hours.

Notification: Measles is notifiable. Report suspected cases to local health protection teams.

Exclusion: Suspected cases should avoid school/work for 4 days after rash onset and stay away from vulnerable individuals.

Vaccination: Ensure MMR vaccination for full protection. Contact your GP if not fully immunised.

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Published on 11 June 2024