Auckland measles cases: 16


Auckland measles cases: 16

Media release from Auckland Regional Public Health Service

Auckland Regional Public Health Service (ARPHS) has been notified of another new measles case, taking the number of confirmed cases in Auckland for this year to 16.

Medical Officer of Health Dr William Rainger says the new case, an adult female from central Auckland, is in isolation and ARPHS is following up with contacts in family, household, healthcare and social settings to prevent spread of the disease.

"At this stage, we believe the new case is linked to other pre-existing cases, rather than being a new case from overseas or of unknown origin."

Anyone who hasn’t already received a phone call, text message or email from Auckland Regional Public Health Service and who was at the locations in the attached document at the times listed, is being asked to call public health on 09 623 4600 as a precaution in case they have been exposed.Dr Rainger says other advice for the public remains unchanged.

"We would remind people to be vigilant for the signs and symptoms of measles - fever, cough, runny nose and sore red eyes. After three to five days, a rash appears on the face and then moves down the body."

People with measles can spread it to others even before they start feeling sick, so often don’t know that they might be exposing others.

Dr Rainger says immunisation is the best protection against measles and anyone unsure if they’re immune should check their health records. This includes their Well Child/Plunket book, or asking their usual doctor or practice nurse.

"If you think you or your child may have measles, it’s important to call your doctor or healthcare centre before turning up so you can be isolated on arrival."