5.5 Key points

Complications of measles are common. Most deaths are due to complications. They should be routinely looked for on clinical examination.

Early management of uncomplicated cases helps reduce complications. Early management of complicated cases reduces the case fatality and sequelae.

Uncomplicated cases are treated as outpatients. Complicated cases are admitted as inpatients. Hospitalised patients should be isolated from other patients.

During the post-measles period, children are more vulnerable to infections.

No prophylactic treatment for close contacts.