Southern measles cases rise to 66

The Southern District Health Board has confirmed seven residents from Queenstown and one from Gore as new measles cases this week bringing to total number of cases in the southern region to 66.

Total cases for each location:

  • Dunedin - 2
  • Oamaru - 1
  • Wanaka - 2
  • Queenstown - 60
  • Gore - 1

"The Gore resident was in contact with a known case and has been in isolation throughout the infectious period".

Anyone who thinks they might have been exposed to measles should watch out for symptoms and isolate themselves immediately if they start to get sick. The SDHB advised people to call their GP in advance if you are seeking care.

GPs are reminding parents to check the immunisation status of their children and to make an appointment if they are due or late for their 15 month and/or 4 year MMR vaccination. Any child under five who has not already received MMR 1 and MMR 2, will be prioritised for vaccination, it said.

If you are not in this priority group and wish to be vaccinated patients must contact their GP and get added to a waiting list.

Measles symptoms include cough, runny nose, inflamed eyes, fever followed a few days later by a rash.

Unvaccinated people who have had direct contact with measles cases should get advice from Healthline on 0800 611 116. 

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