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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.

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Measles outbreak in Auckland


Quick resources
FAQs - Measles pregnancy | Map of confirmed cases | Whānau Pack - GPs and EDs
Whānau Pack - ELSs | Measles Pack - Schools | Measles Pack - Workplaces

MMR vaccine priorities have changed, see here.

If you are concerned about measles 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.


UPDATE: As at 2PM, 23 October there have been 1545 confirmed cases of measles this year

For GPs & EDs

  • Fact sheet - Information for people with suspected measles  PDF (ARPHS)
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  • Fact sheet - Information for close contacts exposed to measles  PDF (ARPHS)
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For ELSs

For schools

Key messages

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Update - 2 October 2019  Update - 11 October 2019

Auckland Measles Map 23102019 FINAL 2

You usually start to feel unwell 10–14 days after you have caught the virus. You are likely to get a fever, cough, runny nose, sore and watery pink eyes and sometimes small white spots inside your mouth. 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 five days before and until five days after their rash appears.

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 five 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 you at home.

Let people you have been in contact with know that you have measles so that they can take appropriate steps to protect themselves and their family.

If you are concerned about measles 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 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.  

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Last updated 24.10.2019

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