Measles Outbreak (February 2024)
As you will be aware, there are currently a number of Measles outbreaks nationally and we have been made aware of a number of recent Measles cases in the North West.
Please see the information below regarding sources of information and support for education, children’s and early years settings.
The latest health protection guidance from the UK Health Security Agency can be found here:
Specific guidance on measles can be found in the education setting infection prevention and control guidance A-Z of diseases: Managing specific infectious diseases: A to Z - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
What is Measles and how does it spread?
Measles is a highly infectious viral infection. Symptoms include a runny nose; cough; conjunctivitis (sore, itchy, watery, red and sticky eyes); high fever and small white spots (Koplik spots) inside the cheeks. Around day 3 of the illness, a rash of flat red or brown blotches appear, beginning on the face, behind the ears and spreading over the body. The incubation period is between 10 to 12 days but can vary from 7 to 21 days.
Measles is highly infectious and transmitted via airborne or droplet spread, or direct contact with nasal or throat secretions of infected persons. Cases are infectious from 4 days before onset of rash to 4 days after, where the date of the rash onset is day 0.
Anyone with measles must stay away from school, college or nursery whilst they are infectious.
The MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine is the safest and most effective way to protect against measles. People need 2 doses of MMR to be protected against measles, mumps and rubella.
Sources of support and advice
Measles is a notifiable disease and if you have a case in your setting, you should contact the UK Health Security Agency on Tel: 0344 225 0562 for further advice.
If you have any concerns or questions around infection prevention and control, please contact the community infection prevention and control team Tel: 0151 295 3036 or via email Infection.firstname.lastname@example.org
Sources of information and support for students, parents, and carers
The Department for Education has the following online resources which may be useful to share with students, parents and carers:
Many thanks for your ongoing support.