Measles Outbreak Toolkit for Local/State Health Departments

Measles Resources for Healthcare Departments

Prompt recognition, reporting, and investigation of measles is important because the spread of the disease can be limited with early case identification and public health response including vaccination and quarantine of susceptible contacts without presumptive evidence of immunity. Laboratory confirmation is essential for all measles outbreaks.

State and local health departments have the lead in investigating measles cases and outbreaks when they occur.

If you need help with answering questions from your public audiences, please use CDC’s Measles FAQ. You can also direct individuals to contact CDC directly at

Looking for measles content for your own website? You can syndicate CDC’s Measles Microsite. For more information about content syndication, click here:

We also have many graphics available that you can post on your website:

  • Web Button and Banner: Think Measles (Embed these graphics on your website to connect healthcare providers to CDC’s guidelines for patient evaluation, diagnosis & management of measles.)
  • Graphic: Consider Measles (Depicts image of child with measles rash and reminds clinicians to consider measles when examining patients.)
  • Infographic: Protect Your Child from Measles (Provides CDC’s routine and travel recommendations for MMR vaccine for children.)
Measles Clinical Features and Diagnosis

Learn the signs and symptoms of measles for quicker diagnosing and share this resource with health care providers in your community.

Consider using Epi-X Announcements for reaching states and HAN Announcements or COCA for reaching clinicians. For examples of past announcements, or for questions or requests, email us.