Latest update – measles

The number of confirmed measles cases in Canterbury has now increased to 25, with more under investigation.

Measles is a highly contagious virus that spreads easily from person to person through the air, via breathing, coughing and sneezing.

If you haven’t been immunised for measles or you’ve only received one Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) dose to date, contact your General Practitioner (GP) or the UC Health Centre if you’re an enrolled patient.

If you’re not sure if you’ve been immunised for measles contact your health service provider – they can check your vaccination history.

The Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB) has advised current priorities for immunisation for more information visit or

People born before 1969 are considered to be low risk and do not require vaccination.

Measles symptoms
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 your GP for advice first.

If you have the measles:

  • you are infectious 5 days before and until 5 days after the rash appears
  • you need to be in isolation from the time you become ill until 5 days after the rash has appeared. This means staying away from university, work, sporting competitions and social events. 

If you get sick

  • If you or someone you’ve been in close contact with are sick with suspected measles stay home – do not come to university.
  • If a measles case impacts on your course work, phone or email your course coordinator in the first instance. More information about special consideration due to unforeseen circumstances is available on the UC website at

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