Increasing Cases of Measles

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Increasing cases of measles

A message from Noel Scanlon, Executive Director of Nursing: Measles cases are on the rise in England and across the whole of Europe. We are seeing increasing numbers of cases managed through our own Emergency and Paediatric departments. Measles is a virus that spreads very easily and people can become unwell quickly – particularly those who are vulnerable. We take potential cases very seriously, testing and isolating where necessary, as a precaution. To avoid spreading measles to patients, colleagues and visitors within our hospitals and the community, it’s really important to be aware of symptoms and what to do if you suspect you may have measles. Symptoms • The first symptoms to appear are usually similar to having a cold – a high temperature, runny nose, sneezing, coughing, red sore and watery eyes. • By the time a rash develops, the virus can have been spreading to others for up to 4 days and can continue spreading for 4 days following the appearance of a rash. • Symptoms of measles usually start between10 and 12 days after catching the infection although it can take up to 21 days for any symptoms to appear. You may not be aware you have come into contact with measles, meaning it’s even more important to be aware of symptoms and what to do as soon as you develop them. If you suspect you may have measles you should contact your GP – don’t attend the surgery or an emergency department. Please do not attend work until test results are received. Your GP will advise you want to do. Further information on measles is available on the Government website: Measles factsheet – GOV.UK ( By far the best precaution against measles is the two dose measles, mumps and rubella vaccination. For more information on MMR vaccinations visit: . Thank you.