Public Health issues measles warning
11:17AM Saturday Feb 07, 2009

Patients at a Wellington medical centre and passengers on several international and domestic flights may have been exposed to highly infectious English measles.

Wellington Regional Medical Officer of Health Annette Nesdale issued a warning today after a child who returned from Vietnam on January 29 was diagnosed with the disease.

Dr Nesdale said people who came in contact with the child needed to watch for symptoms including fever, tiredness, runny nose, coughing, and sore red eyes.

"Measles is a highly infectious disease that makes children, and sometimes adults, quite unwell for a week to ten days," she said.

Measles was rare in New Zealand due to immunisation but the disease could spread rapidly among unimmunised groups, she said.

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