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Suspected Measles Outbreak in Southend Posted on 4 Oct 2019

Message from Public Health England, Southend Castle PoInt and Rochford CCG

Members of the public can call 01702 837890 and speak to clinically trained staff if they have any queries or concerns about the current situation that cannot be answered by visiting www.nhs.ukQuestions around immunisation history will need to be signposted to GP practices.

The line is open from Midday today (Thursday) until 6pm and then from 8am to 6pm on Friday.

Further updates will be issued as appropriate.

What are the signs and symptoms of measles?

The initial symptoms of measles develop around 10 days after you're infected.
These can include:

  • cold-like symptoms, such as a runny nose, sneezing and a cough
  • sore, red eyes that may be sensitive to light
  • a high temperature (fever), which may reach around 40C (104F)
  • small greyish-white spots on the inside of the cheeks

A few days later, a red-brown blotchy rash will appear. This usually starts on the head or upper neck before spreading outwards to the rest of the body.

Please ensure that anyone reporting to have the symptoms outlined above are isolated in an appropriate clinical room until measles is ruled out.

Bear in mind that most adults born before 1970 are likely to be immune because they have probably been exposed to measles already.

MMR status is complete if patients/ staff have had 2 complete doses and therefore, it may be necessary to book patients in for the MMR vaccine.

PHE advises people with symptoms of measles to:

  • Stay away from school, nursery or work until four days have elapsed after the onset of a rash.
  • Telephone your GP or NHS walk-in centre before attending so that arrangements can be made for you to be treated in a separate area to prevent spread to other vulnerable patients.
  • Avoid contact with people generally, but particularly babies, pregnant women and anyone who is known to have poor immunity to infection.

Useful links and advice for public reference:

NHS Measles page:
https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/measles/

NHS measles outbreak advice:
https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/measles-outbreak-advice/

MMR vaccine information:
https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/mmr-vaccine-when-needed/

Additional Advice:
https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/measles-outbreak-advice/

Here is a link to our CCG's twitter page:
https://twitter.com/SouthendCCG

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