Measles risk follows movie screening

Last updated 16:36 01/06/2011

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Public health officials are warning of a measles outbreak following a screening of 3D Pirates of the Caribbean at an Auckland cinema.

One case of measles has been confirmed and there are several further possible cases pending in children who attended the 10.50am screening at St Luke's Cinemas last Saturday.

Auckland Regional Public Health Services Medical Officer of Health Dr Richard Hoskins says moviegoers who were at that session may be at risk of infection if they have not been immunised.

Measles is highly infectious with symptoms including a runny nose, cough, sore eyes, fever or red rash. Small white spots may be seen inside the mouth, followed by a rash covering most of the body and lasting four to six days.

Dr Hoskins says anyone at that session who develops the symptoms up until June 11 should see their doctor, stay home and limit visitors. People should also check their immunisations are up to date.

Measles is potentially fatal with vaccination the only protection. It spreads easily through the air.

This latest outbreak follows one in February, also in Auckland, in which 15 people were infected at early childhood centres and primary schools.

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