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The UK doctors have warned the residents about the recent outbreak of measles in the country, which is a viral infection of the respiratory system and contagious in nature. The Health service is on high alert, as the disease has spread throughout Leeds and Liverpool.

According to Manchester Evening News, measles is a rare disease in the UK as the prescribed vaccines are available in the country. But, the disease has spread in two major cities of UK and could affect the third one too.

The disease could spread if an infected person releases the infection into the air through coughing or sneezing. People from any age, especially young children, could get infected with this disease if they don't take the vaccines. Doctors say that vaccination is quite important because measles can lead to life-threatening complications, such as pneumonia and inflammation of the brain. If the victim avoids the vaccination, then he might face issues such as ear infection, bronchitis, miscarriage or preterm labor, decrease in blood platelets, blindness and severe diarrhea.

The medical authorities have urged people to stay at home. If a person suspects to have measles or the symptoms, then those individuals should immediately contact National Health Service (NHS) 111, including their own general physician.

A tweet by NHS Choices on Thursday has stated, "There is an outbreak of measles in both Leeds and Liverpool. This infectious viral illness is easily spread and can lead to complications"

"Ask your GP about the vaccine if you, or your children, haven't had 2 doses. See the full list of symptoms here: http://nhs.uk/measles"

There is no particular treatment available for this disease. The victim's condition usually improves within seven to 10 days. They are advised to stay out of any public area for at least four days from the first appearance of the rashes. IBTimes Singapore has listed out a few more important steps that should be followed in case of measles.

  • acetaminophen to relieve fever and muscle aches.
  • rest to help boost your immune system.
  • plenty of fluids (six to eight glasses of water a day).
  • humidifier to ease a cough and sore throat.
  • vitamin A supplements.