Measles

Measles is a disease that is caused by a virus. The virus can very easily spread from person to person through the air. The virus can stay in the air for up to two hours after a sick person coughs or sneezes.

People who are sick with measles may start symptoms with a high fever, cough, runny nose, and red, watery eyes. Two or three days after symptoms start, a red, flat rash may appear at the sick person's hairline and spread down the rest of the body.

You can protect yourself and your family by getting vaccinated!

Information for parents or patients

Measles is a highly contagious disease. If you have measles-like symptoms, call your doctor immediately.

Measles Disease Information

  • Measles fact sheet, P-42174 - What do you need to know about measles? available in English, Spanish, Hmong, and Somali
  • Measles disease overview- A resource from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that answers frequently asked questions about measles disease.

Measles Immunization Information

Measles Communication

 Information for local health departments

Measles is a highly contagious disease. Local health departments and tribal clinics should work with health care providers in their jurisdictions to take immediate steps if there is a suspected or confirmed case. A recording of the Wisconsin Immunization Program Question and Answer session with local health departments from 4/24/2018 and the Wisconsin Immunization Program Measles Exposure Wrap-Up from 5/7/2018 is now available.

Measles is a Wisconsin Disease Surveillance Category I disease:

  • Report IMMEDIATELY by TELEPHONE to the patient's local health department upon identification of a confirmed or suspected case. The local health department shall then notify the state epidemiologist immediately of any confirmed or suspected cases. Within 24 hours, submit a case report electronically through the Wisconsin Electronic Surveillance System (WEDSS), by mail or fax using an Acute and Communicable Disease Case Report, F-44151 (Word) or by other means.
  • DHS Communicable Disease Reporting

Wisconsin case reporting and public health follow-up guidelines:

What is a disease investigation? Follow CDC's guidelines and best practices.

Information for health care professionals

Measles is a highly contagious disease. Health care providers should report immediately to the patient's local health department if there is a confirmed or suspected case. Providers should also work with their infection control to prevent the spread of disease to others.

Measles is a Wisconsin Disease Surveillance Category I disease:

  • Report IMMEDIATELY by TELEPHONE to the patient's local health department upon identification of a confirmed or suspected case. The local health department shall then notify the state epidemiologist immediately of any confirmed or suspected cases. Within 24 hours, submit a case report electronically through the Wisconsin Electronic Surveillance System (WEDSS), by mail or fax using an Acute and Communicable Disease Case Report, F-44151 (Word) or by other means.
  • DHS Communicable Disease Reporting

Wisconsin case reporting and public health follow-up guidelines:

Resources for clinicians

Last Revised: October 22, 2018