Preventing, identifying and managing measles outbreaks

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Notification/VaccinationIn this article…Current problems with measles outbreaksPrevention and identification of measlesNotification of measles cases to health protection teamsKey pointsMeasles is a highly contagious viral illness and it can be fatal22,373 measles cases were reported in the European region in 2017The measles, mumps and rubella vaccination is effective in preventing measles infection95% uptake of the vaccination is required to achieve herd immunityRegistered medical practitioners are legally required to notify suspected measles cases to the local health protection teamThe number of cases of measles is rising across Europe and outbreaks have been reported in the UK. Nurses need to be aware of the signs and symptoms of the disease and the groups most at risk, including those who are partially vaccinated or unvaccinated. This article summarises the signs and symptoms of measles, at-risk groups and how the disease can be prevented. It explains the process of notification and provides sources of further information about this highly infectious condition.CitationSmith K (2018) Preventing, identifying and managing measles outbreaks. Nursing Times; 114: 10, 18-19.

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