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Measles is a serious and highly infectious illness.

Phone your GP immediately if you think you or your child has measles. Call your GP before you visit - if you don't, you could put other patients at risk


Symptoms of measles include:

  • fever and high temperature (usually over 38°C)
  • brown or red blotchy rash - starting on the head and neck and spreading to the rest of the body
  • cough
  • runny nose
  • conjunctivitis
  • spots inside the mouth

Symptoms often first appear between 10 and 12 days after coming into contact with the virus. Measles is contagious from 4 days before the rash appears until 4 days after the rash appears.

page last reviewed: 14/11/2018
next review due: 14/11/2021