Thursday 13 June 2019Media release3 minutes to read
A passenger arriving in Christchurch on Jetstar Flight number JQ237 from Auckland on 6 June has been confirmed as having measles. While still infectious, they also flew back to Auckland on flight JQ236 on 8 June.
This person travelled while infectious, and the Canterbury Community and Public Health team wants to alert all passengers and crew on this flight that they have been exposed to measles:
Anyone who travelled on these flights who isn’t sure they have been fully immunised should check their immunisation status with their General Practice team/family doctor. You are only fully protected if you have had two doses of the MMR vaccine, had clinically confirmed measles, or if you were born before 1969. Any passenger or crew on JQ237 on the 6 June or on JQ236 on 8 June who is not fully protected should stay at home and remain isolated until 22 June.
Dr Alistair Humphrey, Canterbury Medical Officer of Health says this means staying home from school or work and having no contact with unimmunised people.
“They can return to work if they are still not unwell on Saturday 22 June,” says Dr Humphrey.
Anyone who becomes unwell with the follow symptoms over the next week should phone their doctor for advice:
At risk passengers from these flights should not go to their general practice or to the hospital unless it is an emergency or they are advised to do so by a doctor or nurse as they will infect more people. In Canterbury you can call your own GP team after hours and be put through to a nurse who can provide advice at any time of day or night – or people from outside Canterbury and living elsewhere in New Zealand can call Healthline on 0800 611 116.
More information about measles is available at https://www.health.govt.nz/your-health/conditions-and-treatments/diseases-and-illnesses/measles or the New Zealand Immunisation Advisory Centre.
Page last updated: 13 June 2019
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