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Measles: Your guide to the virus

Parents are being urged to get their children vaccinated against measles Photo: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire/Press Association Images

What is measles?

According to the NHS, measles is an infectious virus that can cause blindness or even death.

It is most common in children aged between one and four-years-old and can be transferred via sneezing.

It is now rare in the UK due to the MMR vaccination.

What are the symptoms?

  • Sneezing and a runny nose
  • Red eyes and sensitivity to light
  • Fever
  • Greyish white spots in the mouth and throat
  • A rash that spreads initially around the head and neck and then to the legs and the rest of the body

For a full list of symptoms, click here.

How can you get help?

Go and see your GP straight away.

The most effective way of preventing the virus is the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine but there is no specific treatment for someone who has it.

It should take your immune system two weeks to fight off the infection.

Parents can make children suffering with measles feel more comfortable by closing curtains to reduce light sensitivity and using damp cotton wool to clean their eyes.

Sufferers are advised to drink plenty of water.

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