Measles strikes

Central Leader - - NEWS -

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.

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