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Friday, August 19, 2011

New Zealand : Medics puzzled by rare case of German measles

Via NZ Herald, excerpt :

" Mystery surrounds how a Northland man caught rubella - the disease also known as German measles that can have disastrous consequences for pregnant women.

Northland medical officer of health Clair Mills said the man was diagnosed with the rare disease after he visited a doctor last week with a rash. The doctor decided to test for rubella and the disease was confirmed by a laboratory.

Three people have been confirmed with the illness in the past fortnight - two in Auckland and the Northland man.

Only 30 confirmed cases have been recorded in New Zealand in the past 11 years.

Dr Mills said the man had no connection with either of the two Auckland cases and he had not been in contact with anyone who had been ill."

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