Measles cases confirmed in Canterbury

Measles confirmed in Canterbury - advice on what to do if you or someone you are caring for has symptoms or has been exposed

Anyone who is concerned that they or someone they are caring for has measles symptoms, or concerned that they have been exposed to measles should contact their usual general practice team 24/7 for additional advice and support. Calls made after hours will be answered by a nurse who will advise you what to do and where to go if you need to be seen. Please read below for further information.

  • Measles is a highly infectious viral illness spread by contact with respiratory secretions through coughing and sneezing
  • Symptoms of measles 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 – staying home from school or 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.

* Information taken from Canterbury DHB's media release: https://www.cdhb.health.nz/media-release/seven-measles-cases-now-confirmed-in-canterbury