Imported measles case confirmed in Taranaki, infectious during international flights Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Situation update from Ministry of Health

Ministry officials were informed yesterday evening (11 November) by Taranaki District Health Board of a confirmed case of measles.

The case is a 15 month old unvaccinated male who developed a fever while travelling back to New Zealand from India via Sri Lanka and Malaysia between 1-2 November.

The case was a passenger on Flight MH 133 from Kuala Lumpur, which arrived in Auckland at 11.50pm on Sunday 2 November.The case would have been infectious during travel.

Rash onset was 4 November 2014. The case had clinical features compatible with measles, and was hospitalised on 7 November. The diagnosis of measles was laboratory confirmed on 8 November by PCR on a throat swab and was notified on 11 November. The case had spent the past six months in India.  

The Ministry of Health will be releasing a media statement to alert passengers exposed on the international flight. The New Zealand National Focal Point is following up with counterparts in India, Sri Lanka and Malaysia.

Given the incubation period for measles, secondary cases may present shortly.