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Measles advice, 15th March 2019
There has been news recently about the measles outbreak, primarily in the Canterbury area. Measles symptoms include a respiratory-type of illness with dry cough, runny nose and headache. Temperatures can be over 38.5C and people feel very unwell. A red blotchy rash starts on day four to five, usually on the face before moving to the chest and arms. The time between exposure and the first symptoms is about 10 days. People are considered infectious from about five days before to five days after rash onset.
If you are planning on becoming pregnant, there are two options recommended by the Ministry of Health:
See the Ministry of Health information webpage for more information about measles: https://www.health.govt.nz/your-health/conditions-and-treatments/diseases-and-illnesses/measles
If you are currently in treatment with us and have any concerns, please call your nursing team on 0800 483 105 and they will be able to help.
If you are already pregnant and worried, please go to your G.P and ask for immunity testing.