Measles is now widespread in Bristol according Public Health England following a rise in the number of cases reported in the city this year.
There have been 52 confirmed cases and 24 probable cases reported so far this year.
Public Health England is now working with local GPs to stop the spread of the disease.
The symptoms of measles are:
- cold-like symptoms
- sore red eyes
- high temperature
- red-brown blotchy rash
Residents are being asked to:
- Check if you are protected – have you had two doses of MMR?
- Check if your children are protected – have they had two doses of MMR vaccine? If the answer is no, contact your GP now for a catch up vaccination
- Know the signs and symptoms of measles
- DO NOT: go to school, nursery, or work if you have symptoms. Inform the school / nursery that your child may have measles
- If you suspect measles, call your GP immediately to be assessed and if it is measles stay at home until 5 days after rash has appeared.
- Call ahead before attending your GP, A&E or any other health care setting so that they make arrangements to prevent you spreading the infection to others when you are seen.