Measles outbreak

Auckland Regional Public Health Services has been notified of two unrelated measles cases involving a young adult and an infant.

It’s asking people who may have come in contact with the two people to be alert for symptoms of the highly contagious disease.

The adult was at the Matakana market on the morning of Sunday 3 March and at the Life Central Church on Normanby Rd in Mt Eden on the evening of Wednesday 6 March.

The infant was at the International Women’s Day event at Wesley market in Mt Roskill on the morning of Friday 8 March.

Anyone who was at these locations on these dates may have come into contact with the airborne virus and may be at risk of contracting measles, especially if they are not immunised.

Medical Officer of Health Dr William Rainger says people should watch out for symptoms such as a runny nose, high fever, cough and sore red eyes, followed by a rash starting around the head and spreading to the body.


He advises people who have these symptoms to call their GP or Healthline on 0800 611 116 before they turn up at their doctors. This is because they could infect other people by just being in the waiting room.

ARPHS is contact tracing identified patients in the St Luke’s White Cross A&E on Friday 8 March and in Starship Children’s Hospital emergency department on Saturday 9 March.

Canterbury is currently experiencing a measles outbreak with at least 25 people infected.

Vaccination information

Many people are not fully immunised against measles. People born after 1969 and before 1992 will have received only one MMR vaccine. These people are entitled to the second MMR dose free of charge, although a practice nurse fee may apply. You are not fully vaccinated unless you have had two vaccinations.

While children are vaccinated at 15 months and 4 years with the MMR (measles mumps rubella) vaccine, the Ministry of Health recommends that in an outbreak or other urgent situation, the first scheduled dose can be given from 12 months of age, with the second scheduled dose able to be given as early as 1 month after the first.

Find out more about measles and the MMR vaccine

References

Measles Ministry of Health, NZ, 2018
Measles Q&A Auckland Regional Public Health Service, NZ