Canterbury Health Laboratories has been designated the World Health Organization (WHO) National Measles and Rubella Laboratory (NMRL) for New Zealand since March 2005.

 

The NMRL's aim is to provide laboratory support for measles/rubella outbreak investigation and confirmation of measles/rubella cases using WHO recommended methods.

 

The specific objectives are to:

Provide laboratory support for measles/rubella surveillance and outbreak investigation
Provide laboratory confirmation of serologically identified measles/rubella cases
Collect samples from clinically suspected measles cases to identify measles/rubella virus strains
Participate in the WHO regional laboratory network for the Western Pacific region

 

Monitoring measles/rubella virus strains is an important tool in the identification of related outbreaks and helps with the World Health Organization’s commitment to eradicate the measles and rubella viruses globally.

Important:

Patients having the suspicion of being infected with measles or rubella virus should not visit their GP without prior telephone contact since both viruses are highly contagious and can easily be trasmitted in the waiting room.

 

 

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ALERT:

Measles case confirmed in Southern DHB

 

Monday, 19th of November 2018

  • On 17 November a suspected case of measles was notified to Public Health South. This was initially a clinical diagnosis made at Invercargill Hospital Emergency Department  in a person who lives in Milford Sound and works in the tourism industry. The case had no history of travel so it is assumed that the case may have been exposed to an undiagnosed infectious traveller around 01 – 02 November.

  • Measles was confirmed by PCR on 19 November. The virus is a D8 genotype and has high sequence similarity with a recent isolate from Osaka, Japan.

  • Contact tracing as at 21 Nov:

    • 17 work colleagues, 4 of whom are susceptible (based on serology) and now quarantined; one of these has symptoms suggestive of early measles and we’re awaiting PCR results; one pregnant woman has been given IM immunoglobulin

    • 22 clients contacted by email / phone who have all left the area

  • The case lives in a worker accommodation hostel at Milford Sound where there are many young staff unsure of their vaccination status. Visitors to the locality are generally there for a very short time before continuing on to other parts of NZ.

  • It is likely that more cases will be identified.

  • The US CDC have issued a level 1, practice usual precautions, travel advisory of a measles outbreak in New Zealand on 16th November: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/watch/measles-new-zealand

(Source: Public Health South)

 

MEASLES FAST FACTS​

 

  • Measles is highly contagious - if one person has it, 90% of the people close to that person who are not immune will also become infected.

  • It can take up to 3 weeks for symptoms to appear, you should phone your family doctor/general practice team 24/7 for #carearoundtheclock if you are concerned. If it's after-hours a nurse will answer the call and advise what to do and where to go if you need to be seen.

  • Measles cannot be treated once you get it so the only way to protect yourself is to be fully vaccinated.  People are only considered immune if they have received two doses of MMR vaccine and/or have had a measles illness previously and/or were born before 1969.

  • Adults born before 1969 are considered immune to measles because the virus is so infectious and a measles vaccine was not available in New Zealand until 1969.

 

 

 
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