Health Alert: Measles

SickThe Health Protection Agency have released a memo to Gloucestershire schools outlining concerns of recent trends in measles infection in the locality. This is available for you to view in its entirety below but at the very least please could parents be watchful of some of the common symptoms:

"Signs and Symptoms:

 Measles is an infectious viral illness that is spread by droplets in the air when infected people cough or sneeze.  The following symptoms are commonly seen in measles infection:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Sore and watering eyes
  • Widespread rash that develops 3-4 days after the onset of the illness, starting with the face and head and spreading down the body.

Although most people will get over measles without too many problems, a significant number will develop complications including ear infection, diarrhoea, pneumonia or meningitis.

Complications are more likely in those who have a weakened immune system or in infants under the age of 1 year.  Measles can also cause problems in pregnancy. People in these categories who are recent contacts of a definite case of measles and who are not immune may be offered vaccination."

HPA memo to Gloucestershire schools for measle infection