Community and Public Health has recently confirmed another case of measles in Christchurch. This case is related to the current South Island measles outbreak, which has now infected 14 people.
Investigations have found that this most recent case visited a number of stores and other places while infectious.
Medical Officer of Health Dr Cheryl Brunton, says measles is a serious illness and is highly contagious.People with measles are infectious for several days before the characteristic rash appears and the disease is very easily passed from one person to another through the air.
If you are not immune to measles you are at risk of getting the disease. People are only considered immune if they:
The recent measles case visited these places on the dates and times below:
Anyone who visited these places during the times listed and who is unsure whether or not they are immune to measles should check with their general practice. Catch up vaccinations are free, so we encourage everyone to check their immunisation status and to be vaccinated if they are not immune.
Dr Brunton says that anyone who visited the places at those times and becomes unwell should phone their doctor or call Healthline on 0800 611 116 for advice. People should not go directly to a doctor's office or hospital emergency department but call ahead - because measles is highly infectious and people with measles can infect others in a waiting room.
The time from exposure to measles to developing symptoms is usually 8 to14 days, but can be longer.
The typical symptoms of measles are:
Get more information on measles on the Ministry of Health website.
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