Millbrook Resort's Official Measles Update

Thursday 3 October 2019

We have recently become aware of two visitors to the Millbrook Health & Fitness Centre who have been diagnosed with measles. This has been confirmed by the Southern District Health Board.

On the 23rd September a visitor used the main swimming pool, gymnasium and sauna. On the 24th September a second visitor used the hot pools and gymnasium. 

If you think you have measles or are concerned, please do not present in person to Millbrook Resort, instead phone Healthline on 0800 611 116.

During the current outbreak vaccines are being prioritised for children aged 15 months and 4 years old. If you have not had an MMR vaccination, please contact your GP to go on a waiting list. They will notify you when vaccine stocks are sufficient to vaccinate people outside of this priority group.

Southern District Health Board has yesterday released the following update about new measles cases in Queenstown, Wanaka, and Dunedin:

Southern District Health Board LogoMedia Release

Wednesday 2 October 2019

New measles cases in Queenstown, Wanaka and Dunedin

New measles cases confirmed in the past 48 hours include 13 Queenstown residents, 2 Wanaka residents and 1 Dunedin resident.

The total number of Southern DHB cases is now 50.

Public Health South are currently following up close contacts of the new cases to identify unvaccinated and vulnerable people that may have been exposed to measles. If asked by public health to be isolated then please do so. This will help contain the outbreak and protect vulnerable people who are susceptible as they are unable to be vaccinated.

“Vulnerable people include those that are pregnant, immune compromised or too young to be vaccinated,” says Southern DHB’s Medical Officer of Health Dr Susan Jack.

“Close contact with a measles case means sharing a confined space such as a house, classroom, car or other indoor area.”

GPs are reminding parents to check the immunisation status of their children and to make an appointment if they are due or late for their 15 month and/or 4 year MMR vaccination. Any child under five who has not already received MMR 1 and MMR 2, will be prioritised for vaccination.

Confirmed measles cases were known to be infectious at many Queenstown restaurants, ski fields, parks and shops (includes Frankton and Arrowtown) over the last few weeks including:

  • Queenstown Events Centre - 11:30am swimming class Monday 23 September
  • Mitre 10 - play area between 12:00 - 2:00pm Monday 23 September
  • Millbrook pool and sauna -  Tuesday 24 September
  • Skyline Gondola - Monday 23 September and Friday 27 September
  • Arrowtown Primary School,  Open class day - Tuesday 24 September
  • Mainly Music church group - Tuesday 24 September
  • Wakatipu High School - Monday 23, Wednesday 25, Thursday 26, Friday 27 September

Infectious cases were also at the following locations outside of Queenstown:

Gore

Location Date Time
Amore Boutique Wednesday 25 September All day
Howl at the moon Wednesday 25 September Dinner
S'cape Hair & Medi Spa Thursday 26 September Afternoon
Riversdale Primary School production Thursday 26 September Evening

Dunedin

Location Date Time
U-bar Cumberland Street Wedneday 25 September Late evening
Silent Disco Lone Star Thursday 26 September Late evening
New World (Gardens) Friday 27 September Late afternoon
Café at St Clair Saturday 28 September Morning
Mac’s Brew Bar Saturday 28 September Lunch
Vault 21 Saturday 28 September Late evening
Unipol Gym Tuesday 1 October Late afternoon
University first-year business and law lectures Monday 23 – Friday 27 September
Monday 1 – Tuesday 2 October
Various times

Wanaka

Location Date Time
Paradiso Cinema Friday 27 September Evening
Snap Fitness Saturday 28 September Evening
Gin and Raspberry Saturday 28 September Evening
Cork Saturday 28 September Evening
FuDog Restaurant Saturday 28 September Dinner

Anyone who thinks they might have been exposed to measles should watch out for symptoms and isolate themselves immediately if they start to get sick. Please call your GP practice in advance if you are seeking care.

Measles symptoms include cough, runny nose, inflamed eyes, fever followed a few days later by a rash.

Unvaccinated people who have had direct contact with measles cases should get advice from Healthline on 0800 611 116.

The Immunisation Advisory Centre has provided up to date information about measles immunity and the MMR vaccine on their website: https://www.immune.org.nz/hot-topic/measles-overseas-and-new-zealand

For more information on measles please visit the Ministry of Health website.

ENDS 

Millbrook Resort continues to monitor the regional and national measles outbreaks closely.

If you haven’t had a measles vaccination (MMRx2), we encourage you to book in for a vaccination to help minimise the chance of a measles outbreak in our local community. If you are unsure of your vaccination status please check with the GP Practice that you attend prior to visiting Millbrook Resort.

Measles Q&A

What are the symptoms of measles?

The signs of measles are a cough, high fever, runny nose and sore red eyes. A few days later, a rash begins on the head and spreads across the body.

How do measles spread?

It spreads through the air when people cough or sneeze, and through contact with secretions.

How long does a case of measles last for?

A person with measles is infectious from 5 days before and until 5 days after the rash appears (about 10 days in total). During this time the infected person needs to stay away from other people; children need to be kept home from school and adults from work, do not invite other children or visitors to your house

My family can’t remember if I’m vaccinated, how do I find out if I am?

You need to check your vaccination records in your Well Child - Tamariki Ora/Plunket Book (or similar) or your primary care provider may have records.

I wasn’t born in New Zealand and don’t have a medical history, is there a test I can take to find out if I’m vaccinated?

Yes, you can pay Southern Community Laboratories and obtain a blood test to check your immunity. Ask for a measles serology test. If you are identified as a close contact of a measles case Public Health may request measles serology for you to check your immunity.

I did not receive the booster after the first vaccine am I safe?

One MMR offers 95 per cent of people immunity to measles, it still provides gaps in our community coverage against measles. To ensure you are 99 per cent protected against measles, you should have a second MMR as this vaccine also protects against mumps and rubella.

I received the MMR and Booster when I was a child. Should I get another booster?

No. If you have had two measles vaccines at any point, you are considered protected.

Does the vaccine lose effectiveness? Am I in danger of contracting measles because I’m over a certain age?

No. If you have had two measles vaccines at any point, you are considered protected.

What should I do if I suspect I have measles?

If you suspect you have measles, phone Student Health 0800 479 821, or your GP or Healthline free on 0800 611 116 for advice. Because measles is so infectious (easily passed on to other people), ring first rather than just turning up at your doctor’s clinic.
If you are developing measles, staying in isolation stops it spreading to others and making them unwell.

What does isolation mean?

It means staying home away from others. Do not go to lectures, work, school, group or social activities, sports, or public places like movie theatres, shopping malls, supermarkets and other food markets. Do not use public transport or visit friends or family. Avoid being in the same room as people who are not immune to measles.

Are there any risks associated with measles if I am pregnant (and vaccinated?)

Not if they are fully vaccinated. However, pregnant women who haven’t been vaccinated, and anyone with a weakened immune system, are at greater risk of measles complications. They or their caregiver should ask their doctor or lead maternity carer for advice. Measles serology will be available to check immunity for pregnant women with uncertain vaccination status.

I was born in New Zealand prior to 1969 and I have no way of knowing if I was vaccinated at the time as I cannot locate records. Should I seek a booster or extra vaccinations as a result?

No. Because measles was so common at this time, no action is needed for people born in New Zealand before

Symptoms

Symptoms start 7–18 days after exposure to measles, can consist of fever, cough, runny nose, sore and watery ‘pink’ eyes, sometimes small white spots on back inner cheeks of mouth.

By days 3–7 of illness, a blotchy rash which tends to start on your face, behind the ears, before moving over your head and down your body. The rash lasts for up to a week.

If you suspect you have measles symptoms, please stay at home and phone the Healthline 0800 611 116 for advice. For further information on measles, please visit the Ministry of Health website

Do not attend a health facility without phoning first.

For more information:
health.govt.nz/your-health/conditions-and-treatments/diseases-and-illnesses/measles