Measles is a serious and very infectious disease
Currently there are 50 notifications of measles per day at the moment in Counties Manakau. For the latest Ministry of Health measles information flyer, click here.
The MMR vaccine are the best protection against the measles virus and is free for all children and for any adults who have not previously received two doses of MMR.
It takes an average of 7–14 days from exposure to the measles virus until the appearance of the first symptom. This means you may be carrying and potentially sharing the virus before you even know you have it.
The initial signs and symptoms of measles include:
- Mild to moderate fever
- Runny nose
- Dry cough
- Sore throat
- Inflamed eyes
- Skin rash, with a red motley appearance
- Small bluish-white spots inside the mouth
- Sensitivity to light
- Loss of appetite
The measles rash appears as small red spots, some of which may be raised. Clusters of spots give the skin a blotchy red appearance. The rash usually appears approximately 14 days after exposure and 3–5 days after the fever begins. It first appears along the hairline and behind the ears, spreads to the face and upper neck, and then proceeds down the body. The rash usually lasts 4–6 days.
What should I do if I think I might have measles?
Call for an appointment with your GP immediately. When you get to the surgery, stay in your car and phone in to let them know you are there. Once in the surgery the patient, family/friends and clinicians (regardless of immunity status) must wear masks for the consult and while they pass through reception, disposing of the masks in the bin in the foyer in the way out. Masks are not optional, they are a necessity to keep other people as safe as possible.