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More measles cases in Queenstown, Dunedin and Oamaru

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More new measles cases have been confirmed this afternoon taking the total number of Southern DHB cases to 57.

Of the seven new cases confirmed this afternoon five are Queenstown residents, one is an Oamaru resident and one is a Dunedin resident.

Total cases for each location is:

Dunedin: 2

Oamaru: 1

Wanaka: 2

Queenstown: 52

Public Health South are currently following up close contacts of the new cases to identify unvaccinated and vulnerable people that may have been exposed to measles. If asked by public health to be isolated then please do so. This will help contain the outbreak and protect vulnerable people who are susceptible as they are unable to be vaccinated.

Anyone who thinks they might have been exposed to measles should watch out for symptoms and isolate themselves immediately if they start to get sick. Please call your GP practice in advance if you are seeking care.

Measles symptoms include cough, runny nose, inflamed eyes, fever followed a few days later by a rash.

Unvaccinated people who have had direct contact with measles cases should get advice from Healthline on 0800 611 116.

The Immunisation Advisory Centre has provided up to date information about measles immunity and the MMR vaccine on their website: https://www.immune.org.nz/hot-topic/measles-overseas-and-new-zealand

For more information on measles please visit the Ministry of Health website.

 ENDS

For further information, please contact:

Southern DHB Senior Communications Advisor Vanessa Barratt

027 836 4718 or email: vanessa.barratt@southerndhb.govt.nz