A case of measles has been confirmed in Mount Maungan following outbreaks in Christchurch and Auckland
Public health authorities are encouraging people to ensure that they and their children have been vaccinated against MMR (measles, mumps and rubella)
As of last week, 67 people were confirmed to have measles in New Zealand this year, including 39 in Canterbury and 1
Two cases of the measles were reported in the Bay of Plenty in January- in Tauranga and Whakatane. Both the patients had recently travels abroad
Toi Te Ora Medical Officer of Health Dr Jim Miller said that the person who had measles was a young adult in their 20s and a visitor to Tauranga.
Dr Miller said it was not clear whether The Mount Maunganui case had any connection with the outbreaks of Christchurch or Auckland.
However, he said it was common to get suspected cases, and this case highlighted the importance of getting immunized.
If someone suspects a case of measles, Miller Dr Miller said that supply of vaccines in the country was enough to cover the routine immunization and parents needed to ensure their children received Immunizations on time at 15 months and 4 years of age.
"MMR vaccine provides very effective protection against measles and is completely free for children and adults who need it," Dr. Mille r said
People who have not been immunized should speak to their doctor.
People who are immunocompetized should speak to their doctor. 19659002] "If you have never had a dose of MMR vaccine now is the time to get one. After one dose of MMR vaccine, about 95 percent of people are protected from measles, and 99 percent of people who have had both doses have been protected from measles. "
People born before 1969 were likely to be immune as measles used to Being quite common, and people in that age group did not need immunization.
Fifth Avenue Family Practice GP Dr. Luke Bradshaw was not surprised by the Maunganui case, given Tauranga had a higher proportion of unvaccinated people than other places, and there
Bradshaw said there has been a marked increase in the number of people getting vaccinated since the outbreaks in Auckland and Christchurch, especially from those traveling to Christchurch.
Bradshaw also noted an increase in inquiries from people about whether they were co measles and companies who were looking to get their staff vaccinated.
Measles is a highly infectious viral disease and is spreading from person to person through the air by breathing, ace, or killing. Just being in the same room as someone with measles can lead to infection if you are not immune. Measles can be serious with around one in 10 people who get measles needing to be hospitalized.
"The first early symptoms of measles are fever, runny nose, sore red eyes and cough. After three to five days, red, blotchy rash "Dr. Miller said.
Anyone who thought they had measles should stay home and call their doctor or Healthline to arrange an assessment, to avoid putting anyone else at risk.  • Anyone who thinks they have been exposed to measles or have symptoms should not go to the ED or after hours clinic or general practitioner. Instead, call your GP any time, 24/7 for free health advice.
• For more information or advice on measles, please call Healthline on 0800 611 116 or see the Ministry of Health's measles page.