Letter from Medical Officer re Measles

March 4, 2014

Dear members

Measles at East Coast Bays AFC  

We have been informed by Auckland Regional Public Health Service that one of our members who attended trials on 27th February has since been diagnosed with measles.  If you were also attending on this day you may have been exposed to this infection. Your risk of catching measles at an outside sporting event is low.

Measles is however a serious viral infection that causes fever, runny nose, cough, and sore eyes. The rash occurs later on day 3 or 4. Occasionally measles has dangerous complications. Measles is highly infectious.

Please keep an eye out for symptoms of measles.

 You are considered susceptible to measles if:

  • You have not received the correct number of a measles vaccines for your age (in New Zealand this is given in the Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR) vaccine at 15months and 4 years of age)
  • You have not had measles previously diagnosed by a doctor
  • You have not had immunity shown on a blood test

 

A person who is immune-suppressed is also more vulnerable

 

If you get through to March 13th without developing any symptoms then you are unlikely to develop measles

 

Further information is available on the Auckland Regional Public Health Services measles fact sheet, http://www.arphs.govt.nz/health-information/communicable-disease/measles

If you develop symptoms of measles:

  • Keep away from public places.
  • See a doctor as soon as possible so diagnosis can be confirmed. Take this letter along. However, phone the surgery ahead to alert them of your symptoms to allow them to make arrangements to assess you safely and without infecting other people.

You are probably already aware that cases of measles are occurring in Auckland. The only effective way to stop the spread of measles and many other infectious diseases is by vaccination, and you should make sure that you, and the children you care for, are up to date with their vaccinations. Check with your general practice if you are in doubt.

Yours sincerely

 

Dr Bruce Adlam

Medical Officer

Auckland Regional Public Health 




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