Medicine

Case of measles confirmed in the Interior Health region

Case of measles confirmed in the Interior Health region

The vaccine protects against three major diseases: measles, mumps, and rubella.

Thousands of vaccines are being delivered to health centers in New Zealand's Canterbury district as a measles outbreak has widened to 20 confirmed cases with health officials warning the number is expected to rise over the coming days and weeks. In doing so they aim to determine immunization status and, if necessary, offering post-exposure protection.

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Anyone exposed who might be at risk may notice their first symptoms about 10 to 12 days following exposure. Symptoms consist of a fever of 101F or higher, red, watery eyes, cough and runny nose which is followed by a rash that is read, raised and blotchy.

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Those who think they may have contracted measles should call ahead to their doctor's office or hospital before attending so that measures to prevent the virus' further spread can be implemented.

If you think you or a loved one may have been exposed to measles but you have no symptoms, you can call 8-1-1 or your local public health centre to speak to a nurse.

Director of Public Health Dr Caroline McElnay said only 80 percent of teenagers and young adults had received the full course of the vaccine.

Measles is a highly contagious viral disease.

Measles is spread through droplets in the air and through contact, so anyone unprotected who has been in the same room as someone with measles will likely get it.

Complications from the illness can include pneumonia, inflammation of the brain, convulsions, deafness, brain damage and death.


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