Measles fly into Nelson

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The Nelson Marlborough Public Health Service have confirmed that a Nelson teenager contracted a case of measles in Hamilton and flew it home last week.

Medical Officer of Health, Ed Kiddle says that the Nelson Marlborough Health Public Health Service has been following up people who had been in contact with the teenager to advise any risk of measles to them.

“Given the outbreak in Hamilton and the confirmation of a case of measles down here, people need to ensure they are protected through vaccination.”

Measles is highly-infectious to non-immune people and can spread to others in a waiting room.

Ed says that people born before 1969, and people who have had two doses of the MMR vaccine are almost certainly immune to measles.

To minimise any local spread of this highly-infectious and potentially serious disease, people need to:

  1. Make sure they are up to date with the MMR (Measles Mumps Rubella) vaccine.
  2. Be alert to the early symptoms of measles:  It starts with a fever and usually a cough or runny nose, and perhaps sore, red eyes before the rash appears.
  3. Most critically: If concerned, phone and discuss any symptoms with a GP or practise nurse rather than putting other people at risk by going straight in to the GP surgery, after-hours GP or hospital ED unit.