Health steps up awareness as suspected measles case emerge

With the current measles outbreak in New Zealand, Niue’s Health department is on an increased awareness for measles.

Director General for social services Gaylene Tasmania confirmed to BCN News a child was admitted at the hospital for observation on Tuesday.

The child has been cleared and discharged.

Tasmania says contact tracing was initiated yesterday but has since ceased. The public is still being encouraged be on alert. 

If you have visitors from NZ, especially young children who fall ill, Tasmania advises to please visit the Niue Foou Hospital immediately.

If you are a parent or caregiver with children under your care, and you are not sure if they are fully immunized, please visit the Niue Foou Hospital.

Tasmania says the hospital is ordering more vaccines as a precaution, as they only have stock for the usual immunization programme. 

They also have 100% immunization rates for children born in Niue.  

 She adds Public Health will be issuing precautions to travelers, and will have a public notice plus the usual Public Health Radio Programme this week to provide further awareness.

Story by Sofaia Koroitanoa

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