Measles case at SkyCity sparks alert

Central Leader - - NEWS -

A case of measles has been traced to a guest who stayed at the SkyCity Ho­tel.

Public health of­fi­cials are trac­ing peo­ple who may have been ex­posed to the in­fected per­son who was tak­ing part in the an­nual Fire­fighter Sky­Tower Stair Chal­lenge and stayed at the ho­tel from May 22 to 24.

The health scare extends to peo­ple who may have come in con­tact with the virus at the wider SkyCity com­plex and the nearby Mex­i­can Cafe.

Auck­land Re­gional Public Health Ser­vice is urg­ing any­one who vis­ited the af­fected lo­ca­tions and is not sure if they are im­mune to measles to check with their gen­eral prac­ti­tioner.

Any­one who was at the lo­ca­tions listed and is not im­mune or is un­sure should iso­late them­selves at home from May 29 un­til June 7.

If the per­son be­comes un­well they should call their doc­tor or Health­line on 0800 611 116 for ad­vice.

The

ini­tial

symptoms

of measles in­clude a fever, run­ning nose, cough and sore eyes. Af­ter about four days, a raised red rash spreads over the body last­ing sev­eral days.

Chief med­i­cal of­fi­cer Don Mackie says there are a large num­ber of peo­ple from all over the coun­try who may have been ex­posed to the highly in­fec­tious and po­ten­tially se­ri­ous dis­ease.

Photo: MICHAEL BRADLEY

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