By NewsDesk   @bactiman63

The Hawke’s Bay District Health Board reported recently of a additional measles case. The patient is an infant, who was in isolation at Hawke’s Bay Hospital.

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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 minimize any risk of spread.

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

“If anyone is unsure of their immune status, they are strongly encouraged to check their records with their GP,” said Dr Eyre.

“Obviously those with babies too young for vaccination should be aware of measles symptoms.

“If you, or a loved one is feeling unwell and you think it might be measles, please stay at home and phone your doctor to avoid spreading the illness.  Your doctor will make the necessary arrangements to assess you safely without infecting other people.”

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