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 https://www.cdhb.health.nz/ or http://www.primaryhealthresponse.org.nz/.
People born before 1969 are considered to be low risk and do not require vaccination.
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 https://www.canterbury.ac.nz/study/special-consideration/
From Monday 11 March there will be increased truck movements around James Logie building. Take care when you are in the area, follow directions on signage and use dedicated footpaths. With increased truck movements in the area it is also important not to stop your car in front of site gates to drop off and pick up others.
All trucks moving in and out of the site will have a spotter on foot, but you still need to take care in the area and be aware of your surroundings.
Think first. Kia mataara.
Four measles cases have been confirmed in the past week in Canterbury.
If you think you have not been immunised against measles please make an appointment at the UC Health Centre to see one of the nurses to check your immunisation history.
If you require a series of vaccinations we can offer this to you once we have established your vaccination history. It is recommended that all young adults 18 years and older who have not received two documented doses of the MMR vaccination should be vaccinated as soon as possible.
Information about measles
- Measles is a highly infectious viral illness spread by contact with respiratory secretions through coughing and sneezing.
- Symptoms include:
- A respiratory type of illness with dry cough, runny nose, headache
- Temperature over 38.5 C and feeling very unwell
- A red blotchy rash starts on day 4-5 of the illness usually on the face and moves to the chest and arms.
- People are infectious from five days before the onset of the rash to five days after the rash starts.
- Infected persons should stay in isolation – stay home from school, university and work during this time.
- The best protection from measles is to have two MMR vaccinations. MMR is available from your family practice and is free to eligible persons.
- People are considered immune if they have received two doses of MMR vaccine, have had a measles illness previously, or were born before 1969.
- Anyone believing they have been exposed to measles or exhibiting symptoms, should not go to the ED or after hours’ clinic or general practitioner. Instead call your GP any time, 24/7 for free health advice.
More information is available from the Canterbury District Health Board website.