Services at an inner city church will go ahead this Sunday, despite a member of the congregation being diagnosed with measles.
The Auckland Regional Public Health Service has confirmed one case of the highly infectious viral disease in a person who attended Freemans Bay’s Victory Christian Church on January 19.
About 300 people attended the service, Victory general manager Pearl Wilson says.
No cases have been reported to the church since the alert went out.
The infected person was unaware they had measles when they attended church. The church has been checking on elderly and pregnant parishioners as well as those with young children.
Symptoms start with a high fever which develops about 10 days after exposure to someone with the virus. This can be followed by a runny nose, cough, red eyes and small white spots inside the mouth.
A red blotchy rash on the neck and face appears after three or four days before spreading to the rest of the body.
Anyone with concerns should phone their GP or Healthline on 0800 611 116.