search
Measles outbreak in Auckland

UPDATE: As at 12PM, 22 August there have been 596 confirmed cases of measles this year
Fact sheets | Map of confirmed casesWhānau Pack - GPs and EDs | 
Whānau Pack - ELS |
 Whānau Pack - Schools 


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 call your GP.
Please do not just turn up to your GP, after hours or emergency department as you could potentially infect others.

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.  



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.  

measles thumbnail2 play

HEALTH PROFESSIONALS

There are specific requirements for notifiable diseases in the Auckland region.

read-more READ MORE

NZSL video play
measles1 play

MEASLES WARNING FOR DUNEDIN TO AUCKLAND FLIGHT

Auckland Regional Public Health Service (ARPHS) is alerting passengers on a flight from Dunedin to Auckland last Tuesday that they may have been exposed to measles. An Auckland resident flew to...

READ MORE

NEW TERM MEANS NEW MEASLES CASES IN AUCKLAND SCHOOLS AND EARLY LEARNING CENTRES.

Auckland Regional Public Health Service (ARPHS) will be asking schools and early learning services to check staff immunity, with a rapid increase in measles cases in Auckland. Clinical Director, Dr Julia...

READ MORE

MEASLES ON WEEKEND TRIP FROM AUCKLAND TO PALMERSTON NORTH

Auckland Regional Public Health Service (ARPHS) is alerting passengers on weekend flights between Auckland and Palmerston North that they may have been exposed to measles. A passenger flew while infectious, but...

READ MORE

MEASLES CASE ON AUCKLAND TO NEW PLYMOUTH FLIGHT

Auckland Regional Public Health Service (ARPHS) is aware of a person who flew from Auckland to New Plymouth last Sunday and has since been confirmed as having measles. Taranaki District...

READ MORE

MEASLES CASE ON BALI TO AUCKLAND FLIGHT

Auckland Regional Public Health Service (ARPHS) has been notified of a case of measles in a New Zealander travelling from Bali to Auckland. The person did not know they had...

READ MORE

CHANGE IN LOW RISK CONTACT MANAGEMENT FOR MEASLES CASES

READ MORE

MOVING ALL 15 MONTH VACCINATIONS TO 12 MONTHS - AUCKLAND MEASLES OUTBREAK

READ MORE

CHILDREN TO BE VACCINATED FOR MEASLES AT 12 MONTHS

The first measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccination has been brought forward to 12 months from 15 months in Auckland because of the region’s measles outbreak. This change is being made...

READ MORE

Last updated 22.08.2019

FOR NOTIFICATIONS OR QUERIES, CALL US ON 09 623 4600
MENU menu-arrow
Public
health topics