Measles is a viral disease that spreads easy and can cause severe problems. It remains a common cause of death in children under 5 in some parts of the world.
Measles is rare in Australia but remains common in many parts of the world. In most cases, it comes from people who return home from abroad and have brought the disease back with them. This can cause a community outbreak.
Fever, flu-like symptoms, sore red eyes and a spreading rash are common symptoms of measles. Problems can include ear infections, pneumonia and swelling of the brain.
Vaccination is the best method to protect against measles. In 99% of people, 2 doses of the vaccine can provide long-term protection.