Measles: pathology, management and public health issues
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Measles: pathology, management and public health issues

Jackie Bentley Senior lecturer in child health, University of Worcester, Worcester
Jo Rouse Principle lecturer, University of Worcester
Jenny Pinfield Senior lecturer, University of Worcester

Measles is a highly contagious viral disease that continues to occur in epidemics in the UK despite efforts to eradicate it. In the acute stage, measles is associated with several complications including otitis media, but some of the most severe consequences of the disease occur months and even years after the initial infection. Worldwide, measles contributes significantly to deaths in childhood and places an additional burden on families already living with the consequence of poverty and conflict. This article aims to develop the reader’s understanding of measles, including its pathophysiology, management and associated public health issues.

Nursing Standard. 28, 38,51-58. doi: 10.7748/ns.28.38.51.e8765

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Received: 17 January 2014

Accepted: 13 March 2014