Measles Update

Measles Update: Currently there are fifteen known cases in Auckland; spread can occur very quickly, including by people with measles visiting doctors and Emergency departments.

95% of fully vaccinated people will be safe from catching the virus.

Measles is spread through the air, by sneezing or coughing. You only need to be in a room for a few minutes to spread or catch the measles virus through breathing. You can spread it to other people five days before your symptoms appear. If you have been exposed to someone with measles you will need to check your immunity; if not immune you may be placed in quarantine until we know whether or not you have caught the virus.

10–14 days after you have caught the virus, the illness starts with a fever, cough, runny nose, red, sore and watery eyes and sometimes small white spots inside your mouth. From the third day of the illness onwards you may get a red 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. You remain infectious for five days after the rash appears.

IF YOU SUSPECT YOU HAVE CAUGHT MEASLES PLEASE DO NOT VISIT YOUR DOCTOR OR URGENT CARE CLINIC – Phone first to find out the clinic’s isolation plan – or call Healthline 0800 611 116

For more information, see the ARPHS website here.

Updated 08/04/2019