Suspected Measles Case Under Investigation

25 June 2014

The Taranaki DHB Public Health Unit is investigating a case of suspected measles in a child residing in North Taranaki. As a precautionary measure, contacts of the suspected case are being followed up and if not immune are being quarantined.

The symptoms of measles include runny nose, cough, fever, red eyes and after several days a rash develops on the face and chest.

“Measles can be a very serious illness and one in three suffer developing complications such as ear infections, bronchitis and pneumonia,” said Dr Simmons, Medical Officer of Health.

People who are regarded as not immune to measles are:

  • People younger than 45 years old (born after 01 January 1969) who have not had two doses of the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine or have not had a laboratory confirmed positive measles result
  • Children over four years old who have not received their second dose of MMR
  • Infants under the age of 15 months who have not received their first routine dose of MMR vaccine. 

Dr Simmons says “Immunisation is the best protection against measles. It not only protects the individual, but stops spreading the disease in the community.”

If families suspect someone has measles they should call their doctor before visiting, to avoid spreading the disease while waiting to be seen. 

The family of anyone showing signs of measles should immediately telephone their doctor or Healthline on 0800 611 116 for advice.

 

For more information please call
Cressida Gates-Thompson
Media Adviser
Ph 027 703 6177

 

Last updated: Thursday, June 26, 2014

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