Student measles case prompts check

KATE NEWTON
Last updated 05:00 01/10/2011

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Nearly 200 Victoria University students are being contacted by public health officials after a fellow student contracted measles.

Regional Public Health confirmed yesterday that the single case of the disease confirmed in the capital so far was a 19-year-old student from the university.

The student is still in hospital, in a stable condition, after being infected by someone who travelled on a flight from Auckland to Wellington in mid-September.

The student was not on the flight but was a close contact of the infected passenger while they were in Wellington.

About 180 students who share classes with the infected person at Victoria's Kelburn campus have been followed up by public health nurses.

Those who are not vaccinated against measles are being asked to stay home in isolation until October 7, to prevent spreading the disease further.

Medical officer of health Stephen Palmer said the student, who was not fully immunised, also travelled to and from Dunedin while infected.

Measles is a highly infectious disease that can have serious complications. There have been 179 confirmed cases of measles in Auckland since May 30 – 11 in the past week.

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- The Dominion Post

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