Infectious diseases /


01 In Brief

Measles is a common infectious disease that is rarely seen these days as it can be effectively prevented with vaccination. It presents with runny nose, cough, fever, a typical red spotty or morbilliform rash and conjunctivitis. One third develop complications and are very sick and in 1: 1000 cases it can be associated with encephalitis.

02 What Do I Need To Know?

 Typical morbilliform rash of measles, starts on the face and spreads down the body.

Progression of measles

03 What Others Say

  • NSW Government fact sheet


  • NHS Fact Sheet Complications

Complications of measles

04 I Want To Know More

  • If you want to explore further information about measles and MMR ( measles, mumps rubella vaccine)  immunisation, the National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance Unit has an excellent decision aid to help you make an informed choice.

MMR Decision Aid

Complications of measles

  • Medline Plus: SSPE a rare but fatal complication of measles

Subacute Sclerosing Panencephalitis

05 Clinicians Tools and Resources

  • The Journal of Infectious Diseases Vol 189 Issue Supplement 1> Pp. S4-S16: excellent review on the complications of measles

The Clinical Signifcance of Measles: A Review


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Last updated: 13/11/2013