Second Wellington measles case confirmed

Last updated 19:16 14/10/2011

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A Wellington Kaffee Eis employee with measles may have unknowingly spread his infection on to others at the gym and at his work.

Regional Public Health today confirmed the second case of measles in the Wellington region and said there was the potential that a large number of people had been exposed to the infection.

The man worked at Kaffee Eis, which specialises in gelato and coffee, and was currently in isolation.

Owner Karl Tiefenbacher said there was no reason to be too worried. " The Regional Health Board has been in contact with all the staff members and checked our immunity. It is an unfortunate circumstance but there was nothing we could have done about it and can't let it worry us too much now."

Mr Tiefenbacher said his staff did not come to work if they were sick but the employee was not feeling sick at that time.
Medical Officer of Health Annette Nesdale said that while the man was infectious, he visited several locations and might have passed it on to others.

Anyone who was at the following locations is recommended to contact their doctor about their immune status.

Les Mills Extreme Gym on Taranaki Street

  • Wednesday 5 October between 6.00pm - 7.30pm
  • Thursday 6 October between 4.00pm - 6.00pm

Kaffee Eis at Frank Kitts park (waterfront location)

  • Wednesday 5 October between 7.00am - 6.00pm
  • Saturday 8 October between 9.00am - 6.00pm
  • Sunday 9 October between 9.00am - 7.00pm

Kaffee Eis on Courtenay Place

  • Thursday 6 October between 7.00am - 4pm

Kaffee Eis on Cable Car Lane

  • Friday 7 October between 7.30am - 9.00am

There is no connection between this case and that of a Victoria University student last month.

Dr Nesdale said contract tracing of café customers and gym members was not possible.

"These locations are very popular and there is the potential that large numbers of people have been exposed the infection.

"We have been informed that approximately 2000 people attend the Les Mills Extreme Gym each day and that over these days Kaffee Eis was very busy."

Symptoms of the disease include  a fever, runny nose and sore red eyes at first and then a red blotchy rash and spots on the inside of the mouth.

"As we have seen in Auckland measles is highly infectious and can spread rapidly. Even if you haven't been to one of these locations, it's really important that you are immunised as measles can't be treated once you get it.

"By getting immunised, you will not only be protecting yourself or your child, you'll also be stopping the disease from spreading in our communities."

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- The Dominion Post


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