Important Information About Measles

There has been an increase in the number of measles cases reported to PHE nationally since February of this year and a small number of patients have been confirmed in the Sheffield area since the end of July.

Measles is highly infectious and symptoms can include:

a high fever

cough and/or runny nose

Sore, red, watery eyes

Koplik spots (small red spots with bluish-white centres) inside the mout

A red-brown blotchy rash, which usually appears after several days and often starts on the face and upper neck, before spreading across the body

Because of the reduction in the number of measles cases in recent years, following the introduction of the MMR vaccine,  many people are no longer familiar with the signs and symptoms of the disease. 

Further information and guidelines on measles can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/topic/health-protection/infectious-diseases

Public information on measles, including pictures of the rash, can be found at:

http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Measles/Pages/Introduction.aspx