Measles case contacts sought

Health authorities are trying to trace people who may have been in contact with a measles patient whose travels included visits to Wanaka, Queenstown and Winton, and to a concert and student hall of residence in Dunedin.

The measles patient travelled through Otago and Southland while infectious, Southern District Health Board medical officer of health Susan Jack said yesterday.

"There is a focus on tracing people who may have been in contact with a known case, and isolating them if they are unimmunised or under-immunised," Dr Jack said.

Health officials are struggling to contain a nationwide outbreak of measles.

As of yesterday, there had been 1327 confirmed cases in New Zealand, 1108 of them in the Auckland region.

Dr Jack said the number of confirmed cases in the southern region stood at 23, 22 being Central Otago residents.

Limited supplies of measles vaccine are available at general practices; children, followed by important local cases, are being given priority for immunisation.

Pharmac is looking at whether it can order more measles vaccine in case the latest batch runs out before January, when the next delivery is due to arrive. New Zealand would have to compete with other countries for any additional supplies.

Were you there?

Places visited by infectious measles patient were. —

Sept 8. Wanaka. New World (noon)
Sept 9. Queenstown. Halo Cafe, Bulls
And Bangles (morning), Madame Woo (evening).
Sept 11. Dunedin. Noodle Box, Arana College (evening).
Sept 12. Dunedin. Starfish Cafe (morning), New World City Centre (noon), Hybrid Mines concert, Union Hall (evening), Dunedin Social Club (late evening).
Sept 13. Night ’n Day Octagon, Arana (early morning). Hell Pizza North Dunedin (early afternoon). Winton. Winton Pharmacy, New World (evening).


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