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Measles in Dunedin 

Further cases of measles are being reported in the media and another case has been confirmed in Dunedin. 

The Crusaders and Highlanders game is on Saturday 16 March and this could possibly increase your risk of being exposed to measles. If you aren't feeling well, please rest at home and stay away from the game. 

If you think you may have been exposed to measles or are exhibiting symptoms, DO NOT go to the Emergency Department, Urgent Doctors or general practitioner. Instead, call your GP or contact Healthline 0800 611 116 (free and 24 hours) for advice.

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 2 to 4 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.

About measles

  • Measles is a highly infectious viral illness spread with respiratory secretions through coughing and sneezing
  • The best protection from measles is to have two MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella) 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 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 GP, instead call your GP or contact Healthline on 0800611116 (free and 24 hours) for additional advice.

You can find more information here.