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Measles prevention and what to do if you suspect measles

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  • Writer 글로벌교류센터
  • 작성일 24.03.07

● Characteristics of measles

- Symptoms that may indicate measles: A skin rash appears with a high fever, and may be accompanied by a cough, runny nose, and conjunctivitis. 

- Contagious: Measles is highly contagious and more than 90% of people without antibodies become infected when exposed.

- Routes of infection: Infection occurs through direct contact with the patient or through respiratory secretions.

- Contagious period: Measles virus can be transmitted from 4 days before a patient develops a skin rash to 4 days after the rash develops. 

-Incubation period: The time between infection and the onset of symptoms ranges from 7 to 21 days (average 10 to 12 days). 

- Immunization: Measles can be effectively prevented with two doses of the MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccine.


● For suspected measles

- If you suspect measles, be sure to wear a mask and avoid public transportation (buses, subways, etc.) and use your own car (or take a taxi if it is difficult).

- Go to the doctor's office, tell the receptionist about your suspected measles symptoms, and wait in a separate area away from other patients as directed by the doctor. 

- Follow your doctor's orders for treatment and, if home isolation, return home in a way that minimizes contact with others (do not use public transportation).


● Prevention : Environmental management and disinfection

- Natural ventilation by opening windows, etc. for at least 2-4 hours

- Disinfect enough to maintain cleanliness

- Differentiate between mops used to clean around the patient and mops used elsewhere, and don't use one mop to clean all surfaces

※ Focus on vulnerable areas (restrooms, watering holes, dumpsters, sewers, kitchens, dormitories, etc.