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Auckland measles cases: 15


Auckland Regional Public Health Service (ARPHS) has been notified of three new measles cases, taking the number of confirmed cases in Auckland for this year to 15.

Medical Officer of Health Dr William Rainger says the new cases are in isolation and ARPHS is following up with contacts in family, household, education, healthcare and social settings to prevent spread of the disease.

"At this stage, we believe the new cases are linked to other pre-existing cases, rather than being new cases from overseas or of unknown origin."

Two of the three cases - all females aged less than two years - live in West Auckland, with the third case from the North Shore.

Anyone who hasn’t already received a phone call, text message or email from Auckland Regional Public Health Service and who was at the locations listed in the attached document at the specified times, is being asked to call public health on 09 623 4600 as a precaution in case they have been exposed.

Dr Rainger says other advice for the public remains unchanged.

"We would remind people to be vigilant for the signs and symptoms of measles - fever, cough, runny nose and sore red eyes. After three to five days, a rash appears on the face and then moves down the body."

People with measles can spread it to others even before they start feeling sick, so often don’t know that they might be exposing others.

Dr Rainger says immunisation is the best protection against measles and anyone unsure if they’re immune should check their health records. This includes their Well Child/Plunket book, or asking their usual doctor or practice nurse.



"If you think you or your child may have measles, it’s important to call your doctor or healthcare centre before turning up so you can be isolated on arrival."

For more information or advice on measles, please call Healthline on 0800 611 116 or see the Auckland Regional Public Health Service ( http://www.arphs.health.nz/public-health-topics/disease-and-illness/measles/) or Ministry of Health ( https://www.health.govt.nz/your-health/conditions-and-treatments/diseases-and-illnesses/measles) websites.

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