Measles is a very contagious disease caused by an infection with the measles virus. Transmission of the virus occurs through unprotected coughing and sneezing of an infected person. A single case of this virus can cause an epidemic among unvaccinated persons. Signs and symptoms of Measles infection include:
- Fever - Rash - Cough - Runny nose (coryza) OR - Red eyes (conjunctivitis)
All persons, especially young children, who have not been vaccinated against measles are asked to contact the nearest public health center during normal working hours.
Travelers going to or coming from Europe, North, Central and South America are advised to review their immunization status and to seek measles vaccine if unvaccinated.
The general public is urged to immediately report signs and symptoms of this disease to community health nurses in the districts or to public health personnel at the Ministry of Health.