Resort warned after third person tests positive for measles

A second Queenstown resident has tested positive for measles.

In a written statement, Southern District Health Board has issued a warning for people who are not fully immunised to get vaccinated to stop the virus from spreading.

The case is the third infected person to be in the region in as many weeks after a person visiting Queenstown from Auckland tested positive to the virus on August 7.

The latest person to test positive is no longer infectious but visited several places while they were contagious.

These include:

  •     Frankton Countdown, between 5.30 - 6.30pm on August 17
  •     Betty's Liquor Store in Frankton, between 4.00 - 4.30pm on August 18
  •     Frankton McDonalds, between 4.30 - 5.00pm on August 18
  •     Public Bus to Lake Hayes Estate, between 4.00 - 5.00pm August 18 - 22
  •     Remarkables Takeaway Shop, between 4.30 - 5.30pm on August 22

Public health physician Dr Anura Jayasinghe is urging anyone who was in those areas to keep a close eye out for symptoms.

The virus can spread easily through breathing, coughing and sneezing.

An infected person will develop a fever within 10 days and a rash within 14 days, while other symptoms include a high fever, runny nose, cough and sore, red eyes.

The rash will start on the face and neck, before spreading to the rest of the body.

People who aren't sure if they're immunised are being told to double check they're up-to-date with their vaccines by contacting their regular general practice or checking their Well Child book.

“Although it’s important to get vaccines on time, every time, it's never too late,'' Dr Jayasinghe says.

"Pregnant women, immunocompromised people, and people who have not had two MMRs should be especially vigilant.”

People who develop symptoms must stay at home and phone their doctor or Healthline on 0800 611 116.

From more information on measles, visit www.health.govt.nz

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