Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Kathleen du Toit | 2009-05-05



Hi Professor,

Could you tell me when my twins are no longer contagious to the outside world. They have had the measles rash since Thursday last week being now 6 days in total. My one daughter is clearing nicely now but my other daughter is still very visible and red. I had them at the doctor last week Thursday but he never saw the rash and diagnosed her with tonsillitus but when my mother came around on Friday she said it was definately measles. They have / had all the symptoms of measles. I have had them in quarantine since last week Thursday. I need to go back to work this Thursday will they be able to go with me as I teach at a school.

Your assistance will be appreciated.

Many thanks

Expert's Reply



How old are your children? If older than 9 months they have been immunised against measles and should not get measles.This sounds like a different condition possibly scarlet fever if they had tonsillitis recently.The infectious period for measles is 4 days after the appearance of the rash and 7 days for scarlet fever.

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Posted by: Kathleen du Toit | 2009-05-05

They are 23 months old. They have been immunised. They had tonsilitis a month ago.

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