Measles Advisory

The incidence of measles has been increasing over the past several years, both in Europe and in the United States. Health officials are particularly concerned about unvaccinated individuals being exposed to the illness during international travel and then returning to the U.S. and transmitting the disease to others. Measles is highly contagious and represents a serious health threat, especially to those who are unable to be immunized or those who have chosen to forego vaccination. The incubation period for the illness ranges from 7 to 21 days. Symptoms include the following:

  • Fever (usually of 101 degrees or more)
  • Cough
  • Runny nose
  • Red, inflamed eyes
  • Rash (flat or raised red bumps), typically appearing 2-4 days after onset of above symptoms, often beginning on the face and spreading downward and outward to the hands and feet
In order to protect the entire university community, please be alert to the symptoms listed above in yourself and in others. If you believe you may have measles, please quarantine yourself immediately, neither going to work nor attending classes until you have been cleared to do so by a healthcare professional. For additional questions, contact the Wardenburg Health Center.


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