Measles is a highly infectious viral illness that can be very serious. In the resources below, you'll find information on what symptoms to look out for, how to best protect yourself and others, as well as what actions to take if you've been in contact with someone with measles.
If you are concerned about measles, call Healthline on 0800 611 116 or see your doctor or practice nurse.
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You usually start to feel unwell 10–14 days after you have caught the virus. Symptoms can include:
At around day three to seven you will get a blotchy rash. This rash first appears on your face and then spreads to your head and body. It can last for up to a week.
People with measles can spread it to others four days before and until four days after their rash appears.
If you are concerned about measles and think you have symptoms call Healthline on 0800 611 116 or call your GP. Please do not just turn up to your GP, after hours or emergency department as you could potentially infect others.
Measles is caused by a virus, so antibiotics won’t cure it. If you or your child has measles stay away from others until at least four days after the rash appears. This means not going to daycare, school, work or anywhere there are others you could pass measles onto, and don’t have people visit your home. A health professional will also be in touch to let you know what to do and how to stay safe.
Measles is a notifiable disease. This means that health professionals or laboratories will inform us when someone has it. This allows us to monitor the number of people who have the disease and give them and health professionals advice on how to reduce the spread of measles. Our team will also speak to the person who has measles about who they have been in close contact with so we can provide those people with advice to help protect themselves and avoid spreading it further.
Auckland Regional Public Health Service (ARPHS) has been notified of a passenger with measles on two flights between Tonga and Auckland this week.
Last updated 22.11.2022