News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search

 


New measles alert

New measles alert: one international and two domestic flights

Passengers on the following flights have been exposed to measles, advises Auckland Regional Public Health Service (ARPHS):

· Air New Zealand flight NZ501 from Auckland to Christchurch, departing 6.50am on 2 March;

· Air New Zealand flight NZ548 from Christchurch to Auckland, departing 6.55pm on 4 March;

· Singapore Airlines flight SQ285 from Singapore to Auckland, departing 4 March.

“We can confirm there was a person with measles, who was not a confirmed case at the time of flying, but who would have been infectious at the time of travel on the two Air New Zealand flights,” reports Medical Officer of Health Dr Richard Hoskins.

In addition, a person with measles on the Singapore Airlines flight was also infectious at the time of travel.

It can take 10-14 days for someone who has caught measles to start showing any symptoms. Anyone on these flights who may have caught measles should be starting to feel unwell, if they’re not already, between 11 and 18 March.

“Passengers who sat nearest these cases have the highest risk and are our first priority,” says Dr Hoskins, “and their local public health service will try to contact them if they might be susceptible. However because measles is an infectious, airborne disease, we want all passengers to be aware and vigilant.”
Any passengers from this flight who feel unwell should phone their GP or call Healthline on 0800 611 116 for advice. It is vitally important to call first before seeing a doctor because measles is highly infectious, and people with measles can infect others in the waiting room.

Please see our website for measles symptoms and an update on the current numbers: http://www.arphs.govt.nz/health-information/communicable-disease/measles

Measles is a serious illness, says Dr Hoskins, and there is no treatment. “The only way to avoid catching measles is to have had two measles vaccines after your first birthday. Please check with your GP to see if you and your family are protected.”

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

TV3 Video: Auckland Arts Festival Kicks Off

The Auckland Arts Festival kicks off March 4, with artists from New Zealand and all over the world on show. More>>

ALSO:

Te Matatini: Minister Applauds National Kapa Haka Festival

Education Minister Hekia Parata wishes the best of luck to everyone involved in this week’s national kapa haka festival, Te Matatini, in Christchurch. “Te Matatini showcases the very best of Māori performing arts talent. It’s a celebration of identity, language and culture at the highest level and I’m looking forward to being amongst it,” says Ms Parata. More>>

ALSO:

Kiwi Pride: Accolades For Film About Man Who Falls In Love With A Stick

A short animated film written and directed by New Zealand born Matthew Darragh has been selected for the Courts des îles, International Festival of Short Fiction Films. More>>

ALSO:

Anniversaries: Vivid Memories Four Years After Christchurch Quake

Four years ago, an earthquake that would change the lives of thousands shook Christchurch at 12.51 p.m. More>>

ALSO:

Environment 'n' Conservation: Slash Meets Tāne The Tuatara

Rock and Roll superstar and former Guns 'n' Roses guitarist Slash visited Zealandia Ecosanctuary along with collaborating band Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators. More>>

Canterbury Quakes: Feedback Sought On Short-Listed Memorial Designs

Six short-listed designs for the Canterbury Earthquake Memorial have been released for public input... The Memorial will honour the victims of Canterbury’s earthquakes and acknowledge the suffering of all those who lived through them as well as the heroism of those who participated in the rescue and recovery operations. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Health
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news