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Measles case confirmed in Wellington

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 26/05/2017

Regional Public Health in Wellington has warned a single case of measles identified in the region could lead to more unless people get checked.

One person has come down with the disease and Medical Officer of Health Annette Nesdale says anyone who visited the following locations at the relevant times, and is not immunised, should see their GP:

* Ropata Pharmacy in High Street, Lower Hutt, on May 24, between 4.45pm and 6.15pm;

* Capital City Motors in Taranaki Street, Wellington, from May 21 to 24, during work hours;

* Wainuiomata Soccer Clubrooms at Richard Prouse Park, on May 20, between 3pm and 5pm.

"Measles is highly contagious and the virus is spread easily from person to person through the air via sneezing or coughing," Ms Nesdale said.

Measles is most infectious in the days before the classical measles rash develops.

It can take 10 to 14 days for someone who has caught measles to start showing any symptoms, which include a high fever, cough, runny nose, red eyes and a rash that starts on the face and neck before spreading elsewhere.

The only way to avoid catching measles is to have had two measles vaccines after your first birthday or if you have previously had the measles disease.

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