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No measles cases after last week's threat

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 30/01/2017

There's been no indication of any cases of measles, after a flight from Singapore to Auckland last week had an infectious boy on it.

The six-year-old was on board Air New Zealand flight NZ281 which arrived at Auckland International Airport at midnight on January 25, and was infectious while on the flight.

The Auckland Regional Public Health Service said passengers closest to the boy seated in rows 34 to 49 were the most at risk.

"There is no indication yet of any new measles cases from the flight on January 25," ARPHB medical officer of health Dr David Sinclair says.

One in 10 people with measles need hospital treatment and the most serious cases can result in deafness or swelling of the brain.

The time delay from being exposed to measles to developing symptoms is usually eight to 14 days, but can be up to 21 days.

The first symptoms are a fever, and one or more of a runny nose, cough and sore red eyes.

Then a red blotchy rash comes on and lasts up to one week. The rash usually starts on the face and spreads to the rest of the body.

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