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Anyone attending the regional Tainui Waka Kapa Haka festival held on Saturday 16 April at the Claudelands Event Centre in Hamilton may have been exposed to measles.

​About 5000 people attended the event from across the North Island and one person has subsequently been diagnosed with measles. 

Medical Officer of Health, Dr Rob Weir said “Anyone who attended this event should look for symptoms of measles until April 30. Measles symptoms initially include: fever, runny nose, cough, and sore red eyes. After 3-5 days a rash appears on the head and spreads down the body. ”

Dr Weir said: “Anyone who thinks they may have measles should stay away from work, school or public places. If you think you might have measles I recommend you contact your GP (by phone first) or Healthline on 0800 611116 for more advice. It is very important you tell your GP that you think you might have measles before going in to the surgery.

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