Another case of measles confirmed in Christchurch

Updated: 15th May 2018

Community and Public Health has recently confirmed another case of measles in Christchurch. This case is related to the current South Island measles outbreak, which has now infected 15 people. Investigations have found that this most recent case visited a number of stores and other places while infectious.

The recent measles case visited these places on the dates and times below:

  • 1st May – Hoyts Northlands between 10am and 1.30pm (Screening of ‘The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society”).
  • 2nd May – New World, Rolleston between 8.20 and 8.40 am; The Warehouse in Rolleston between 8.40 and 9am.
  • 3rd May – Fresh Choice Leeston between 2.50 and 3.10pm
  • 4th May – Harvey Norman in Hornby between 10 and 10.30am; and Henrys in Hornby between 10.40 and 10.50am.
  • 6th May – Fresh Choice Leeston between 7.50 and 8.10am.
  • 7th May – Selwyn Community Pharmacy in Lincoln between 2.50 and 3.10pm; New World Rolleston between 3.20 and 3.40pm; and Dominos Rolleston between 3.40 and 3.55pm.
  • 8th May – Pines Resource Recovery Park in Rolleston between 11.10 and 11.20am.

Anyone who visited the places at those times and becomes unwell should phone for health advice. You should phone your doctor or call Healthline (0800 611 116).

Please do not go to your general practice, or turn up at an Emergency Department or after-hours clinic if your are unwell as you will risk infecting more people in the waiting room.

Medical Officer of Health Dr Cheryl Brunton, says measles is a serious illness and is highly contagious. People with measles are infectious for several days before the characteristic rash appears and the disease is very easily passed from one person to another through the air.

Signs and symptoms of measles

Measles is a highly infectious viral illness spread by contact with respiratory secretions through coughing and sneezing. It usually takes 8 to 14 days to develop symptoms from the time you are exposed, but can be longer.

Typical symptoms of measles include:

  • feeling unwell or very sick;
  • a fever often with dry cough, runny nose, and sore red eyes; and
  • a red blotchy rash that appears after a few days and can last for up a week. The rash usually starts on the face and spreads to the rest of the body.

“People are infectious from five days before the onset of the rash to five days after the rash starts and should stay in isolation during this time. This means staying home from school or work and having no contact with unimmunised people,” says Dr Pink. Anyone who is not immunised and gets exposed to a case of measles will need to stay home for at least 14 days to ensure the virus doesn’t spread.

You are at risk of getting measles if you are not immune to the disease. People are considered immune to measles if they:

  • have received two doses of MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine; or
  • have had a confirmed measles illness previously; or
  • were born before 1969.

Catch up vaccinations are free, so everyone is encouraged to check their immunisation status and to be vaccinated if they are not immune.

Source: Canterbury DHB media releases (11th and 13th April 2018, and 15th May 2018).

Published on Tuesday, May 15th, 2018, under News
Page last updated: 17/05/2018

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