Thursday 28 February 2019Media release2 minutes to read
A fourth case of measles has been confirmed in Canterbury
A fourth measles case has been confirmed in Canterbury – a young woman who, like two of the other three confirmed cases, has connections with Rangiora.
Further investigations by Community and Public Health are currently underway, including contact tracing in relation to this new case and prophylactic treatment and/or isolation for anyone thought to have been exposed, but not fully immune.
To be considered fully protected, you would need to be born before 1969 or have had two courses of the measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccine. Due to the highly infectious nature of Measles, those born before 1969, before which there was no immunisation programme, will likely have had measles and acquired immunity that way.
Measles Fact Sheet
- Measles is a highly infectious viral illness spread by contact with respiratory secretions through coughing and sneezing
- Symptoms of measles include:
- A respiratory type of illness with dry cough, runny nose, headache
- Temperature over 38.5 C and feeling very unwell
- A red blotchy rash starts on day 4-5 of the illness usually on the face and moves to the chest and arms.
- People are infectious from five days before the onset of the rash to five days after the rash starts.
- Infected persons should stay in isolation – staying home from school or work – during this time.
- The best protection from measles is to have two MMR vaccinations. MMR is available from your family practice and is free to eligible persons.
- People are considered immune if they have received two doses of MMR vaccine, have had a measles illness previously, or were born before 1969.
- Anyone believing they have been exposed to measles or exhibiting symptoms, should notgo to the ED or after hours’ clinic or general practitioner. Instead call your GP any time, 24/7 for free health advice.
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