National Health Notice: Measles case confirmed in traveller

Were you or someone you know on this flight?


The Ministry of Health (MOH) has issued a health advisory notice confirming a case of measles in a traveller who flew from Rarotonga on April 24 arriving in Auckland at 06:10 on April 25 on Jet Star flight JQ130.


 

At the time of the flight the person was infectious and passengers on this flight may have continued their journey on to other locations in New Zealand. Given the incubation period for measles, cases linked to this case may soon be presenting with symptoms.

 

The illness usually starts 10–14 days after you’ve been exposed. If you have measles, you’ll get the following symptoms.


First symptoms

  • A fever
  • A cough
  • A runny nose
  • Sore and watery ‘pink’ eyes
  • Sometimes small white spots on the back inner cheek of your mouth 

Day 3–7 of illness

  • A blotchy rash which tends to start on your face, behind the ears, before moving over your head and down your body. The rash lasts for up to a week. 

Measles is highly contagious – and easily preventable. Just two doses of the measles vaccine are all you need to protect yourself, your family and your community. Vaccination is particularly important if you are planning to travel anywhere overseas – to protect yourself and to help prevent outbreaks in New Zealand. 

 

What to do if you or a family member has symptoms

 

The Fono says if you detect any of these symptoms, speak to your Doctor for advice as soon as possible. It’s important to call before visiting because measles is easily passed on from one person to another. Phoning ahead helps ensure steps are taken to avoid you spreading measles in the waiting room.
 

You should also stay away from work, school or public places, to help prevent putting other people at risk. This also applies if you or a family member aren’t fully immunised and may have been in contact with someone with measles.
 

Find out more

 

The Fono provides affordable services including medical, dental, pharmacy, health promotion, social services, education and Whanau Ora. They deliver a combination of these services across five locations. With combined experience of five separate clinics stretching over 80 years, The Fono aims to be a leader in health for the people who need it the most, fostering well, safe, vibrant and informed communities.
 

Click here to view The Fono’s website

 

 

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