B05 - Measles

Version 2023
Short Description:Measles
Long Description:Measles
Status: Not Valid for Submission
Version:ICD-10-CM 2023
Code Classification:
  • Certain infectious and parasitic diseases (A00–B99)
    • Viral infections characterized by skin and mucous membrane lesions (B00-B09)
      • Measles (B05)

B05 is a non-specific and non-billable ICD-10 code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of measles. The code is not specific and is NOT valid for the year 2023 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions. Category or Header define the heading of a category of codes that may be further subdivided by the use of 4th, 5th, 6th or 7th characters.

Clinical Information

Specific Coding for Measles

Non-specific codes like B05 require more digits to indicate the appropriate level of specificity. Consider using any of the following ICD-10 codes with a higher level of specificity when coding for measles:

  • BILLABLE CODE - Use B05.0 for Measles complicated by encephalitis
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use B05.1 for Measles complicated by meningitis
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use B05.2 for Measles complicated by pneumonia
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use B05.3 for Measles complicated by otitis media
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use B05.4 for Measles with intestinal complications
  • NON-BILLABLE CODE - B05.8 for Measles with other complications
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use B05.81 for Measles keratitis and keratoconjunctivitis
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use B05.89 for Other measles complications
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use B05.9 for Measles without complication

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Type 1 Excludes

Type 1 Excludes
A type 1 excludes note is a pure excludes note. It means "NOT CODED HERE!" An Excludes1 note indicates that the code excluded should never be used at the same time as the code above the Excludes1 note. An Excludes1 is used when two conditions cannot occur together, such as a congenital form versus an acquired form of the same condition.

Patient Education


Measles is an infectious disease caused by a virus. It spreads easily from person to person. It causes a blotchy red rash. The rash often starts on the head and moves down the body. Other symptoms include:

Sometimes measles can lead to serious problems. There is no treatment for measles, but the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine can prevent it.

"German measles", also known as rubella, is a completely different illness.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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Code History