Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Measles Alert

Two cases of measles have surfaced in Dunedin. They were caused by a person with the condition travelling from Wellington to Dunedin who then went on to Auckland and back to Wellington.

According to the Southern DHB global email released 31 October, the symptoms of measles are: "...fever, tiredness, cough, runny nose and inflamed red eyes. Between the third and seventh day, a red, blotchy rash appears and in 24 to 48 hours, spreads over the whole body. The rash may last up to seven days. The incubation period is from 8 to 12 days but may range up to 18 days.
"People with such symptoms should stay away from class or work, public places and social gatherings. They should not go directly to a doctor's surgery or to an emergency department because of the risk of infecting other people. [...] Instead, they should call Healthline or their GP who will give them advice."
Healthline has 24-hour free healthcare advice. Call 0800-611-116. The Otautau Medical Centre's number is (03) 225-8099.

More information is on the Southern DHB website - Latest Measles Outbreak News.

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