Measles Outbreak Advice

March 23, 2018

Measles is highly contagious and is easily spread. If you develop measles you should not attend lectures or public places until at least five days after the rash develops.

There has been an increase in Measles cases in South East Wales, including the Cardiff area. Measles is highly infectious and generally spreads from person to person by coughs and sneezes.

Signs and symptoms of measles include:

  • a high temperature
  • a cough
  • conjunctivitis (painful, red eyes)
  • small white spots on the inside of the mouth (sometimes)
  • a red, blotchy rash that appears approximately 3 to 4 days later; this usually starts on the face and spreads down over the rest of the body.

It is very important to prevent the spread of this disease; if you think you have developed any of the following symptoms, please be advised:

  • do not attend any of the University buildings or go to any classes, lectures or placements
  • do not go to any social events or attend clubs, bars or parties

If you think you may have symptoms of measles, please do not go to the GP surgery, A&E department or hospital, where you could put other people at risk, without calling ahead first. If you suspect you have measles, you should contact NHS Direct Wales for an assessment (0845 46 47) or your GP to ask for advice.

If you have a possible diagnosis of measles, please inform the USW Accommodation Office/your Private Landlord Provider and the University Health Service – by telephone or email only.

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