Second case of measles confirmed in Auckland

One person has been diagnosed with measles in Auckland, the second case in the last seven days.

Te Whatu Ora said the case was unrelated to the measles case notified last week and was also linked to recent travel abroad.

“Public health is working closely with Te Whatu Ora – Waitemata staff to identify people who may have come into contact with the individual while waiting in emergency departments,” Te Whatu Ora said in a statement.

The person was in the following hospitals:

• North Shore Hospital Emergency Department – ​​Night of September 22

• Waitakere Hospital Emergency Department – ​​night of 24 September

The case was not contagious when he visited New Zealand earlier this month, according to the health authority.

“Public Health Busy Bees is also assessing the immunity of staff and children at the Hobsonville Early Learning Service, where the case was infectious for three days from September 19 to 21.”

The contacts are being followed up by public health officials.

“The first symptoms of measles include fever, cough, runny nose, and painful and watery pink eyes. This is followed by a patchy rash,” said Dr. Jay Harrower, medical officer of health for the National Public Health Service Northern Region.

“The disease spreads very quickly in people who are not immunized.”

People are considered immunized if they have received two doses of the measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccine, have had measles before, or were born before 1969.

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