Other Infectious Risks

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

A review of the Canterbury measles response has been completed and feedback has been received from a wide group of stakeholders, including general practice teams. CPRG extends their gratitude to general practice for their extraordinary response. The recommendations can be reviewed in the link below:

Immunisation is the best protection to stop people from getting measles. According to the 20 November 2019 National Health Advisory, the current national priorities for active recall for MMR (measles, mumps rubella) vaccination are:

  • Ensure all children receive their vaccinations on time at 15 months (12 months in Auckland) and four years to maintain the national Childhood Immunisation Schedule
  • Susceptible close contacts within 72 hours of first exposure to measles when possible
  • Babies aged six months to 11 months who live in Auckland or who are travelling to Auckland or overseas to a country that has an active outbreak of measles
  • In accordance with the National Immunisation Schedule, all children under five who have not received either dose of MMR should be actively recalled. We consider active recall of this group to be in line with the priority groups
  • People under the age of 50 travelling from New Zealand to Samoa, Tonga, Philippines, and Fiji
  • People travelling to a region where there is an active outbreak of measles – regions with measles outbreaks can be found here.

“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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