New case of measles in Auckland

People in Auckland are urged to call their doctor if they believe they were at risk.
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People in Auckland are urged to call their doctor if they believe they were at risk.

A new case of measles has been confirmed in Auckland, with the infected person having visited a number of public places.

The new case comes less than three months since the infectious disease broke out across the city and quarantined about 50 people in their homes.

The Auckland Regional Public Heath Service announced the newest case on Thursday and said the infected person had recently returned from travel overseas. 

However, the person visited several public places before being diagnosed.

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Medical Officer of Health Dr Josephine Herman said measles was one of the most infectious diseases and was easily spread from person to person through the air or via sneezing and coughing.

"Just being in the same room as someone with measles can be enough to catch the infection," Herman said.

People who were in the listed areas below are urged to call their doctor if they were concerned.

- Westfield Albany Mall on Sunday, May 7, 5.20pm to 6pm

- Ferry from Auckland City to Hobsonville Point on Monday, May 8, 6.15pm sailing and Wednesday, May 10, 5.15pm sailing

- Ferry from Hobsonville Point to Auckland City on Wednesday May 10, 8am sailing

- Auckland Airport domestic check-in and departure lounge on Friday, May 12, 3pm - 5.30pm

Measles usually begins with a high fever, runny nose, cough and sore red eyes, followed by a rash starting behind the ears and spreading to the body a few days later.

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One in three people with measles will develop complications, such as ear infections, pneumonia, diarrhoea or, rarely, inflammation of the brain. 

If anyone was infected by this person, symptoms were likely to develop between May 17 and May 26, Harman said.

Those with symptoms should seek medical advice and keep away from public places such as school, work, childcare, malls or public transport, Herman said.

People are considered immune if: they already had measles, received two doses of the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine (MMR) after their first birthday, or if they were born before 1969.

 - Stuff

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