Aucklanders urged to vaccinate as AUT student confirmed to have measles

  • 13/03/2018
Aucklanders are advised to vaccinate themselves against measles if they haven't already.
Aucklanders are advised to vaccinate themselves against measles if they haven't already. Photo credit: Getty

A second case of measles has been confirmed in Auckland.

The Auckland Regional Public Health Service (ARPHS) says the latest person to catch the highly contagious disease is a student at AUT.

They likely became infected with it on flight SQ285, which landed in Auckland on February 22, 2018.

ARPHS is working with AUT to determine how many people who were in the same classes as the ill student had been vaccinated.

Others at risk of becoming ill are those who were in Auckland's CBD between March 1 and 6, and in the Albany Westfield shopping centre on March 6 between 12pm and 4pm.

These people may have been exposed to the measles disease while the student was present in these areas.

Anyone who came into contact with the student after February 22 and is not immune to the disease is required to stay home in quarantine.

ARPHS Medical Officer of Health Dr Josephine Herman urges all Aucklanders who have not been vaccinated to do so immediately. The MMR vaccine is freely available from GPs and must be administered in two doses.

"Measles is very easily transmitted through coughing, sneezing or simply walking past someone who is infected and breathing their contaminated air," Dr Herman says.

"If one person has measles, 90 percent of the people close to that person who are not immune will also become infected."

Measles is highly infectious and can have serious complications. Those born before 1969 are probably immune to the disease without being vaccinated.

Measles symptoms:

-           Runny nose

-           Coughing

-           Sore eyes

-           Fever

-           Raised red rash that spreads from face to body

Experiencing one or more of these symptoms? Call Healthline on 0800 611 116 or contact your GP.