Stay at home on Black Friday to avoid the measles outbreak

An outbreak was confirmed in Leeds and Liverpool on November 23. Manchester has also been put on high alert to look out for signs the life-threatening condition may have spread there.

The NHS has urged people not to leave the house this Black Friday as a deadly measles outbreak hits two of the UK's biggest cities and is set to spread.

An outbreak was confirmed in Leeds and Liverpool on November 23. 

Manchester has also been put on high alert to look out for signs the life-threatening condition may have spread there.

Although unclear, the outbreaks may be caused by low measles vaccination rates as this is the only way to reliably prevent infection.

Black Friday sees shops slash their prices after Thanksgiving celebrations and is the third biggest shopping day of the year in the UK, behind December 23 and 'super Saturday' December 17. 

NHS Choices tweeted yesterday: 'Measles outbreak in Leeds and Liverpool. If you have symptoms, stay at home'.

The NHS has urged people not to go out this Black Friday due to the deadly measles outbreak

The NHS has urged people not to go out this Black Friday due to the deadly measles outbreak

WHAT IS MEASLES? 

Measles is a highly contagious viral infection that spreads easily from an injected person by coughing, sneezing or even just breathing.

Symptoms develop between six and 19 days after infection, and include a runny nose, cough, sore eyes, a fever and a rash.

The rash appears as red and blotchy marks on the hairline that travel down over several days, turning brown and eventually fading. 

Some children complain of disliking bright lights or develop white spots with red backgrounds on their tongue.

Most make a full recovery, however, around one in 15 sufferers develop complications, such as pneumonia, ear infections or convulsions. 

Treatment focuses on staying hydrated, resting and taking painkillers, if necessary.

Measles can be prevented by receiving two vaccinations, the first at 13 months old and the second at three years and four months to five years old.

Source: Great Ormond Street Hospital 

'Stay at home' 

NHS Choices tweeted yesterday: 'Measles outbreak in Leeds and Liverpool.

'Measles is an infectious illness that can be very unpleasant and sometimes lead to complications.

'Symptoms include: high fever; sore, red, watery eyes; coughing; aching and a blotchy red brown rash.

'If you have these symptoms, stay at home and phone your GP or NHS 111 for advice.'

What is measles? 

Measles is a highly infectious viral illness, which can affect anyone who is not vaccinated.

The condition starts with cold-like symptoms and develops into the typical measles rash after several days. 

Some children complain of disliking bright lights or develop white spots with red backgrounds on their tongue. 

Most make a full recovery, however, around one in 15 sufferers develop complications, such as pneumonia, ear infections or convulsions. 

Measles can be prevented by avoiding anyone with an infection and receiving the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine. 

Treatment focuses on rest, drinking lots of fluids and taking painkillers, if necessary.