Measles warning in Canterbury after second person contracts virus in a month

The Canterbury District Health Board is investigating a second case of measles in Christchurch after an 11-year-old has contracted the virus.

The 11-year-old child is recovering at home after contracting the virus in a waiting room. 

The diagnosis comes after a 30-year-old was hospitalised last month with measles.

Symptoms of measles include fever, coughing, runny nose, sore red eyes and white spots inside the mouth, often after three to five days a rash may appear.

Measles are highly contagious and need to be treated by a health professional.

Dr Humphrey of Canterbury DHB says the re-emergence of the virus is a timely reminder to everyone in our community to ensure that they are fully immunised. 

Measles Source: Breakfast