A person, who was present on our recent Blaise Castle trip, has been identified with a suspected case of measles. Measles is a notifiable disease in England so Public Health England were notified.
You can read more in this letter from Public Health England for parents of children that were on the same trip.
Symptoms and signs
The earliest signs of measles infection include:
- high fever
- runny nose
- red and watery eyes
- koplik spots (small red spots with bluish-white centres) inside the mouth
After several days, a rash appears, usually on the face and upper neck. The rash spreads, eventually reaching the hands and feet and lasts 5 to 6 days before fading.
How measles is spread
Measles is spread through coughing and sneezing, close personal contact or direct contact with infected nasal or throat secretions.
Measles is one of the most highly communicable infectious diseases. Spending more than 15 minutes in direct contact with someone infected with measles is sufficient to transmit virus.
The NHS website has useful information about Measles.