Canterbury measles outbreak: 22 people infected

11 March, 2019, 10:31 | Author: Veronica Peterson
  • Officials: Measles confirmed in 1-year-old Pima county child

The risk to the broader public is considered low, however Interior Health is following up with people who may have been in contact with the patient.

Interior Health said the best way to protect against measles is to ensure vaccinations are up to date.

The DHB has told medical centres in the region that extra supplies of the vaccine were being delivered, with 18,000 doses expected to be available in practices from Wednesday.

Anyone who is concerned about exposure to measles should watch for symptoms of measles.

After the detailed survey regarding the timely vaccination of children, the Health department found that nearly one-fifth of the Canterbury did not get regular vaccinations.

Complications from measles can include pneumonia, inflammation of the brain, seizures, deafness, brain damage, and death.

"Since the beginning of this year, New Zealand has seen an increase in measles cases", it said.

Interior Health issued a notice on Saturday confirming one case of measles had been identified in the B.C. interior.

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The outbreak was brought to New Zealand by a traveler.

Measles is a highly contagious viral disease.

'Since 2012, all cases of measles in New Zealand came from travelers bringing the disease from overseas, ' the Ministry of Health said in a statement on its website.

Acting Director of the Centre for Disease Control, Dr Peter Markey, said the traveler, aged in their 20s, had passed on the disease to another person.

Symptoms include fever, watery eyes, cough and runny nose and is followed with a rash.

The rash begins on the face as flat, red spots and spreads down the neck and trunk to the rest of the body.

'The first case was in a Darwin resident who caught the illness while holidaying in Vietnam, while the second case was acquired from the first, ' he said.

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