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Measles outbreak centred on Te Awamutu

There is an outbreak of measles in the Waikato, which seems at this stage to be centred on Te Awamutu and surrounding communities.

It appears to have started about a week ago.

A number of young people have become ill at a similar time – the source of their infection is at this stage unknown, says Medical Officer of Health Dr Dell Hood.

They may already have infected other NON IMMUNE people so more cases are likely.

  • The incubation period for measles is usually 10 – 12 days but may be longer, she said.
  • Measles is a severe illness which begins with fever, cough, sore eyes, and generally feeling unwell. THE RASH DOES NOT APPEAR FOR SOME DAYS, and the case remains unwell for several more days after the rash appears.
  • People with measles can spread it to others from the beginning of their illness until four days after their rash has appeared.
  • People who may have been in contact with measles will be protected if they have had two doses of Measles Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccine. Check with your doctor or nurse if you are not sure if you or your children are protected.
  • Anyone in contact with a case who is not immune or not immunised must stay away from work, school or preschool, stay at home and avoid visitors for 14 days, to avoid spreading the illness
  • Anyone who thinks they or their child may have measles should call their family doctor or Healthline for more advice. If visits to the doctor or laboratory are needed, please call in advance so contact with other people can be minimised.
  • Healthline’s phone number is 0800 611 116 or
  • For more information www.waikatodhb.health.nz/measles

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