Diagnosis and reporting
****Stop Press**** - SPECIAL BULLETIN FROM PHE RE: MEASLES OUTBREAK IN BNSSG AREA - March 2018****
Measles is an important condition to diagnose due to its high infectivity and risk of complications. Early diagnosis can help reduce risk of spread of the condition during the infective stage. Early symptoms can be non-specific and include fever, malaise, coryza, conjunctivitis and cough.
Measles can normally be diagnosed by appearance of a rash which should be differentiated from other viral exanthems. See PCDS - Viral exanthems - for advice on recognition.
The most common complications of measles include pneumonia, ear infection, diarrhoea and convulsions. Rarely, measles can cause encephalitis and death.
Measles is a notifiable disease. If measles if suspected then the local PHE local area team should be contacted immediately and an oral swab taken for confirmation (kits can be obtained from PHE). Patients should avoid public areas such as GP waiting rooms and should be seen separately away from other patient areas.
A patient information leaflet can be downloaded.
Public Health England (South West):
Telephone: 0300 303 8162 (option 1 then option 2)
Please see the National Measles Guidelines for advice on next steps.
National Measles Guidelines
Public Health England (South West) contact details:
Telephone: 0300 303 8162
firstname.lastname@example.org - for general enquiries
or PHE.AGWPHECHPT@nhs.net - secure email for patient identifiable emails.