Measles is a serious and highly contagious viral illness that is caused by the measles virus. Measles is not common in Australia because of high levels of immunisation.

For more information, please see the fact sheet below or contact the Communicable Disease Control Section on 02 6205 2155.

General Information

For general information on Measles see the factsheet below

Download: Measles information sheet (September 2014) (PDF File - 103k)

Measles - Normal Human Immunoglobulin (NHIG)

Normal human immunoglobulin (NHIG) is antibodies purified from blood donors. NHIG contains antibodies that can provide protection against infectious diseases such as Measles. NHIG contains a sufficiently high concentration of antibody against measles to be able to prevent or ameliorate infection in susceptible individuals.

Download: Measles: Normal Human Immunoglobulin (NHIG) factsheet (June 2013) (PDF File - 188k)

Measles: Information for Contacts

Measles contacts are people who shared the same air as someone while they were infectious with measles (for example, being in the same room as someone with measles). If the infection is transferred and takes hold in contacts, these people go on to develop measles symptoms in 7 to 18 days after sharing the same air.

The following fact sheet provides information to people who have been given treatment to prevent measles.

Download: Measles - Information for Contacts (June 2013) (PDF File - 179k)