Confirmed case of measles in Taranaki
Taranaki DHB Public Health Unit is urging people to
check their immunisation status after being notified of a
confirmed case of measles in Taranaki.
travelled on an Air New Zealand flight from Auckland to New
Plymouth, and has also visited Megabounce Trampoline Arena
in New Plymouth in the days following.
Taranaki DHB Chief
Medical Advisor Dr Greg Simmons says people who may have
been in contact with that person should be vigilant for
symptoms of the highly infectious airborne
“Measles spreads easily via coughing and
sneezing. Symptoms include a fever of 38.5C or higher along
with a runny nose, cough, sore red eyes, followed by a rash
three to five days later which starts on the head and
spreads down the body.
Complications are common with
measles and about one in 10 people will need hospital
treatment,” said Dr Simmons
POTENTIAL TIMES AND
LOCATIONS OF EXPOSURE
7 July||10:05am – 10:55am||On board Air New
Zealand Flight 5307|
(Auckland to New
|Tuesday 9 July ||3:45pm –
5pm||Megabounce Trampoline Arena, New
Anyone who was on the same
flight or has visited Megabounce around the same time as the
person should watch out for measles symptoms from
approximately Sunday 14 July.
usually take 7-14 days to start experiencing measles
symptoms and you are most at risk if you’re not immune,
either because you haven’t had both doses of the Measles,
Mumps Rubella (MMR) vaccine, or you haven’t had the
“People are infectious from five
days before the rash appears to five days after, therefore
anyone with measles needs to be isolated from the time they
become ill until five days after the rash has appeared,”
said Dr Simmons.
If you start to develop symptoms that
could be measles, or have been in contact with anyone who is
a confirmed case please, phone your GP or contact Healthline
on 0800 611 116 . Be sure to call before visiting your GP to
prevent infecting others.
Now is also the time to consider
if you are immune to measles or not.
• Those born
before 1969 are considered immune
• Those born in 1969
or later are considered ‘fully immunised’ against
measles when they have two documented MMR vaccinations, with
the first dose received when aged 12 months or
• Evidence suggests that one dose of measles or
MMR vaccine protects 95 per cent of people from developing
measles. The other five per cent may need a second
vaccination to be fully covered
Those who are unsure of
their immunity status should get it checked. This can be
done through GPs, though some people may also have physical
written records at home – like a Plunket or WellChild book
– which may detail their immunisations.
immunised after 2005 will have their immunisations recorded
on the National Immunisation Register, which GPs have access
“Vaccination with the MMR vaccine offers the best
protection against measles, therefore we strongly recommend
those who have had no measles immunisation or infection
should get vaccinated.
“People need to ensure they have
had both doses of the MMR vaccine as this provides
protection for themselves and others,” said Dr Simmons.
For more information or advice on measles, please call
Healthline on 0800 611 116, visit the Taranaki
DHB or Ministry of Health
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