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    Person with measles visited Pak'n'Save, The Warehouse and mall in Paraparaumu
    Mandy Te18:56, Oct 29 2019

    People who went shopping around Paraparaumu have been asked to watch out for any signs of measles, after a person who did not know they were sick went to several public spots.

    Regional Public Health (RPH) said the person went to Coastlands Mall, The Warehouse and Pak'n'Save in Paraparaumu on October 22.

    The person visited Coastlands Mall from 9.30am to 11.30am, looked around The Warehouse from 10am to 11am and went supermarket shopping around 10.30am to 11.45am...


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      Measles case on Samoa to Auckland flight
      November 7, 2019

      Press Release – Auckland Regional Public Health Service

      Auckland Regional Public Health Service (ARPHS) has been notified of a case of measles in a New Zealand resident returning from Samoa to Auckland. The person did not know they had measles at the time.Measles case on Samoa to Auckland flight...

      ...Flight details

      – The person departed Apia, Samoa, on Samoa Airways Flight OL731 at 7am on Saturday 2 November.

      – The flight landed at Auckland International Airport at around 10.15am on Saturday 2 November.

      The passenger went into isolation shortly after arriving back in New Zealand.

      Anyone who was on the same flight, or in the airports’ departure or arrival areas around the same time as the case, should watch out for measles symptoms from around this Saturday, November 9...


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        More passengers on Samoa to Auckland flights exposed to measles
        14 Nov, 2019 1:15pm
        By: Vaimoana Tapaleao
        Reporter, NZ Herald

        Three passengers on flights from Samoa to Auckland in the past week have been confirmed as having measles - as the island nation grapples with an epidemic.

        Auckland Regional Public Health has issued a warning for two other flights where passengers were exposed to the potentially deadly disease.

        "We have been notified of two cases of measles in passengers travelling from Samoa to Auckland on two separate flights," the warning said.

        "The first departed Apia, Samoa, on Air New Zealand flight NZ959 at 9.40pm on Friday, November 8, landing at 12.45am on Saturday, November 9."

        The second Air NZ flight affected is one which left Faleolo Airport at 9.40pm on Sunday, November 10, and landed in Auckland about 1am on Monday, November 11.

        Before this, the ARPHS issued a warning for passengers who travelled on flight NZ255 last Thursday, November 7.

        The flight left Samoa about 3.30pm and touched down in Auckland about 6.30pm.

        "The measles outbreak may have peaked, but it is not yet over," authorities said in an alert issued this morning...


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          Measles case on Samoa to Auckland flight
          Wednesday, 20 November 2019, 10:25 am
          Press Release: Auckland Regional Public Health Service

          Auckland Regional Public Health Service (ARPHS) has been notified of passengers with measles on a flight from Samoa to Auckland last week.

          ARPHS Medical Officer of Health Dr Maria Poynter says people who may have been exposed on this flight should be vigilant for symptoms of the highly infectious disease.

          Flight details

          - The flight departed Apia, Samoa, on Samoa Airways flight OL731 at 9.00 am on Monday 11 November, landing at 12.10 pm in Auckland on the same day...


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            Another confirmed case of measles in MidCentral
            Friday, 22 November 2019, 3:08 pm
            Press Release: MidCentral District Health Board

            22 November 2019

            People living in the MidCentral DHB region who have children aged between 15 months and five years, or who are planning travel to the Pacific Islands over the upcoming holiday break are advised to ensure that they are immunised against measles. In addition, babies aged six months to 11 months who are travelling to Auckland or overseas to a country that has an active outbreak of measles are also advised to be immunised against measles.

            MidCentral’s Public Health Service has confirmed a child who has recently returned from Samoa has contracted measles. This is the ninth case of measles in the region since the start of the year.

            The child is in isolation and advice is being provided to close contacts of the child. Those who are not immune to measles have been advised to stay in isolation until 14 days after their last exposure to the infectious child.

            The child has also been round public areas in Palmerston North and Feilding while infectious and before knowing they had measles so other members of the public may also have been exposed to the disease...


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              Hawke's Bay RSE worker confirmed with measles
              Georgia May Gilbertson15:36, Nov 26 2019

              A seasonal worker has been confirmed with measles in Hawke's Bay.

              Hawke's Bay District Health Board Medical Officer of Health Dr Rachel Eyre said the employer of the RSE (Recognised Seasonal Employer) worker had acted quickly to notify the DHB's public health unit.

              "All close contacts had been identified and were in isolation to avoid any further spread", she said...


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                Infant in Hawke’s Bay Hospital with measles
                Fuseworks Media Fuseworks Media
                Thursday, 12 December, 2019 - 20:55

                An infant is in isolation, in a stable condition, at Hawke’s Bay Hospital with measles - taking the total to 18 confirmed cases in the region this year.

                Hawke’s Bay District Health Board Medical Officer of Health Dr Rachel Eyre said the infant was too young for vaccination. The public health service was working with family and other close contacts to minimise any risk of spread.

                Dr Eyre said the latest measles case was a reminder to all people to check their immunisation status and be aware of measles symptoms...


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                  People with measles on board flights from Apia to Auckland, and to Wellington
                  Kate Green13:33, Dec 13 2019

                  Passengers on two Air New Zealand flights should watch for signs of measles after being around passengers who weren't aware they were in the early infectious stage of the disease.

                  The people were on Air New Zealand flight NZ959 from Apia to Auckland, which departed Samoa on December 6 at 10.17pm and arrived in Auckland at 1.20am on December 7.

                  People on Air New Zealand flight NZ445 from Auckland to Wellington, departing at 5pm and arriving at 6.23pm on December 7, were also exposed...


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                    Baby in Niue hospitalised with measles
                    8:31 pm on 19 December 2019

                    The baby is one of 15 in the New Zealand territory who has not yet been vaccinated due to being aged under 12 months.

                    The child was admitted to Niue Fo'ou Hospital on Tuesday.

                    Parents with babies aged under one year and unimmunised pregnant mothers have been advised to avoid the hospital.

                    The Niue Health Department says, as of 13 December all children aged one to two years had been vaccinated while two to four year olds were at 96 percent...


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                      Measles outbreak: Warning issued after infected passenger on flight from Samoa
                      24 Dec, 2019 5:28pm
                      NZ Herald

                      Passengers who flew from Samoa on an Air New Zealand flight at the weekend are being warned they could have been exposed to measles.

                      One of the passengers on board flight NZ959 that left at 00:45am on Saturday December 21 was infected with the highly infectious disease.

                      Anyone on that flight could have been exposed to measles and should be vigilant for symptoms, the Auckland Regional Public Health Service (ARPH) warns...


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                        Seven new cases of measles confirmed in Hawke's Bay
                        17:23, Dec 27 2019

                        Seven new cases of measles have been confirmed in Hawke's Bay in the past two weeks, taking the total for the year to 26.

                        Hawke's Bay District Health Board medical officer of health Dr Rachel Eyre said the new cases were linked to an infant.

                        The child was too young to be immunised and had been hospitalised recently, she said.

                        "Public health has worked hard over the Christmas break to identify other close contacts," she said...


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                          Measles alert in Bay of Plenty/Lakes DHB area
                          Thursday, 2 January 2020, 11:07 am
                          Press Release: Bay of Plenty District Health Board

                          A further case of measles has been confirmed in the Bay of Plenty and Lakes area bringing the total number of cases in the last 12 month period to 75.

                          Close contacts are being followed up to ensure any who are not immune to measles are in isolation and do not risk spreading the infection further. However, the person with confirmed measles did attend a screening of the movie Jumanji: The Next Level at 3.15pm on Friday 27th December at the Reading Cinema in Rotorua...


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                            Measles warning after infected person travels New Zealand over holidays
                            4 hours ago

                            A person who was travelling across the country over the holidays has been confirmed to have measles in Christchurch.

                            The person was diagnosed in Christchurch and Canterbury DHB has been working to identify all close contacts and offer advice.

                            Anyone who was in the following locations at those times and is not immunised against measles, or are over 50 years of age, may have been exposed and at risk:

                            28 December, 2019: Interislander Ferry Wellington to Picton, 7:45am-12:30pm
                            30 December, 2019: Emergency Department at Dunedin Hospital between 9am and 1pm
                            30 December, 2019 to 3 January, 2020: Whare Flat Folk Music Festival
                            6 January, 2020: Interislander Ferry Picton to Wellington, 1:15am...


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                              Auckland measles outbreak: Infected passenger on Tonga flights
                              Auckland reporters16:15, Jan 24 2020

                              Authorities have sounded the alarm after a passenger infected with measles flew from Auckland to Tonga return in recent days.

                              People who were on the flights should be on guards for signs of the highly infectious disease, Auckland Regional Public Health Service (ARPHS) medical officer of health Maria Poynter said.

                              The same measles patient flew from Auckland to Tonga and back over two days.

                              The flights were: NZ270 departing Auckland 8.30am Monday, landing in Nuku'alofa at 11:15am, and NZ273 departing Nuku'alofa at 12:30pm, landing in Auckland at 3:15pm...