Situation update from Ministry of Health
Ministry officials were informed yesterday evening (11 November)
by Taranaki District Health Board of a confirmed case of
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