Measles can be serious

Following the recent two cases of confirmed Measles in Gwent we want to remind our communities of the symptoms of Measles and that the best protection against Measles in the MMR vaccine.

Measles can be serious.

We are urging people to be aware of early Measles symptoms which include:

  • A high temperature
  • Cough
  • Runny nose
  • Conjunctivitis (painful, red eyes)
  • And sometimes small white spots on the inside of the mouth

A rash appears usually 3 to 4 days later. The rash may start on the face or neck, then spread over the rest of the body. The rash looks brown or red on light skin tones but may be harder to see on darker skin.

If you suspect Measles, please stay home and request an urgent GP appointment or call 111 immediately.

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Stay protected against Measles by making sure you or your child have received all your MMR vaccinations.

More information about the MMR is available

at and vaccination status can be found by checking a child’s red book or visiting their local health board website.


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