An outbreak of highly contagious measles has hit two major cities in the UK.
Leeds and Liverpool have been hit by the ‘infectious viral illness’ which is ‘easily spread and can lead to complications’.
Manchester is set to be the next UK city to be hit by the virus, which is easily prevented by the NHS, with a single measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine.
The virus is now uncommon in the UK due to the effectiveness of the vaccination, but anyone can get it if they’ve not been vaccinated, report The Independent.
People with measles are highly infectious from when the symptoms first surface to about four days after the rash first appears.
Measles start with cold-like symptoms which develop about 10 days after being infected – the illness tends to last about seven days, but serious health implications including death are possible.
The NHS suggests calling your doctor, or them, for further advice if you or your child have any of the following symptoms.
Symptoms of measles include: A runny nose, sneezing, watery eyes, swollen eyelids, sore red eyes, high fever, small white spots in the mouth, aches and pains and a cough.
Spots in the mouth are one of the most telling signs of measles and they usually develop a few days before the rash appears.
If you are infected with measles, you can relieve your symptoms and reduce the risk of spreading the infection by taking paracetamol.
If you’ve not received the MMR vaccine, the NHS suggests contacting your GP, as adults and older children can be vaccinated at any age if they’ve not been fully vaccinated before.