Measles (10 Day Measles, Rubeola) (Vaccine Preventable)

Measles Parent Letter

CAUSE:

Measles virus

SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS:

An acute, highly communicable viral disease with a high fever, red runny eyes, a cough and Koplik spots (white spots) on the tongue and cheeks. A red blotchy rash appears on the third to seventh day, beginning on the face, and lasting four to seven days.

INCUBATION PERIOD:

About ten days, varying from seven to eighteen days, from exposure to fever and usually about fourteen days until rash appears.

MODE OF TRANSMISSION:

By droplet spread or direct contact with nasal or throat secretions of infected persons. Less commonly by airborne or soiled articles.

PREVENTIVE MEASURES:

Vaccine given according to current immunization guidelines. At the present time a second dose of measles vaccine is recommended for anyone born after 1957.

PERIOD OF COMMUNICABILITY:

From slightly before the beginning of development of signs and symptoms to 4 days after appearance of the rash.

IMPLICATIONS FOR SCHOOL:

Exclude from school. Student may not return to school without healthcare provider’s note. Immediately notify Coordinated Student Health Services at 754-321-1575. The Department of Health-Broward will investigate the case to verify if it is a measles case, and advise if a measles emergency must be declared. Department of Health-Broward will notify Coordinated Student Health Services with any procedure that needs to be followed. If the Department of Health-Broward notifies the Superintendent of a measles alert, procedures will then be implemented in conjunction with the Department of Health-Broward and Coordinated Student Health Services. Identify any immune suppressed students and notify parents and healthcare provider.