Update – measles alert

There are now 14 confirmed measles cases in Canterbury. Measles is a highly contagious virus that spreads easily from person to person through the air, via breathing, coughing and sneezing.

  • If you catch measles you are infectious 5 days before and until 5 days after the rash appears (see symptoms below).
  • Anyone with measles needs to be in isolation from the time they become ill until 5 days after the rash has appeared. This means staying away from university, work, sporting competitions and social events. 

Not sure if you’ve been immunised?  
The best protection is for people born after 1969 to have had two MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccinations.

If you are not sure if you’ve been immunised for measles, and you’re enrolled at the UC Health Centre please phone them as soon as possible – they can check your vaccination history.

If you are not enrolled with the UC Health Centre please contact your own General Practitioner (GP) to check your vaccination history.

If you are exposed to measles and haven’t been immunised, you’ll need to be isolated for at least 14 days. 

Early symptoms include:

  • a dry cough
  • runny nose
  • temperature over 38.5 degrees

Around four or five days in:

  • a blotchy face rash usually appears, then moves to the chest and arms.

If you think you have been exposed to measles or are exhibiting symptoms, do not go to the Emergency Department (ED), after hours clinic, UC Health or your general practitioner (GP). Instead phone UC Health or your GP for advice.

More information
Canterbury District Health Board website – search measles
Ministry of Health website

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