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March 4, 2014
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:
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:
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.
Dr Bruce Adlam
Auckland Regional Public Health