Other Infectious Diseases

Infectious diseases are monitored and reported by Canterbury by Community & Public Health. Some diseases are notifiable by health practitioners to the Medical Officer of Health. These include: campylobacter, salmonella, giardia, typhoid, cholera, listeria, hepatitis A, B and C, measles, mumps, pertussis (whooping cough), rubella, meningitis, legionella, and avian influenza.

Prevention is a priority for Community & Public Health and the National Immunisation Programme is helpful to protect against many diseases. For more information about immunization, click here. For more information on Infectious Disease Management, see the Ministry of Health guidelines here.

Measles

Immunisation is the best protection to stop people from getting measles. People ideally need to have two MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccinations and these are free to eligible people.

“Anyone who is not immunised and gets exposed to a case of measles will need to stay home for at least 14 days to ensure the virus doesn’t spread,” says Dr Caroline McElnay, Director of Public Health at the Ministry of Health.

Anyone who suspects they may have measles should avoid contact with other people, especially those who aren’t fully immunised, and phone their General Practice team. For more information either look here or call 0800 IMMUNE.

Recent measles updates from CPRG:

Ebola

The last Ebola scare in New Zealand was in 2015, but it pays to be aware of worldwide trends. The Ministry of Health has an excellent resource for health providers here or visit HealthPathways.

Ebola Resources

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