MEASLES

SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS:
Fever, red, watery eyes, sore throat, runny nose, and cough. Small white spots may be seen in the mouth. These signs and symptoms are followed by a blotchy red rash which begins on the head and face and spreads to the rest of the body.

INCUBATION PERIOD:
About 10 days, varying from 7–18 days; about 14 days until rash appears.

CONTAGIOUS PERIOD:
From 4 days before the rash appears to 4 days after the rash appears.

TRANSMISSION:
Measles is highly contagious and can be spread by contact with secretions from the nose, mouth and throat of an infected individual. These secretions may be on surfaces or in infected droplets in the air. Droplets infected with measles virus can remain in the air for many hours.

SCHOOL ATTENDANCE:
Exclude from the time of onset of illness through the 4th day after rash appears, and until the individual is fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications.

Contacts: Any individual who has not received measles vaccine or who cannot prove immunity by immunization or blood test must not be permitted to attend school or child care for the duration of the period of the outbreak as determined by the local health department.

If at any time your child is diagnosed or you suspect your child has a contagious disease you must report it to the school office per Maricopa County Health Regulations.  It is important that we inform anyone who may have been exposed.

Please consult your doctor regarding the treatment that is appropriate for your child.

If you have any questions please contact the school office at 602 243-6909 or dmsoffice@desertmarigold.org.

For more information: https://www.cdc.gov/measles/index.html