Health (Infectious and Notifiable Diseases) Amendment Regulations 2013

2013/354

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Health (Infectious and Notifiable Diseases) Amendment Regulations 2013

Jerry Mateparae, Governor-General

Order in Council

At Wellington this 2nd day of September 2013

Present:
The Right Hon John Key presiding in Council

Pursuant to section 117 of the Health Act 1956, His Excellency the Governor-General, acting on the advice and with the consent of the Executive Council, makes the following regulations.

Regulations

1 Title
  • These regulations are the Health (Infectious and Notifiable Diseases) Amendment Regulations 2013.

2 Commencement
  • These regulations come into force on the day after the date of their notification in the Gazette.

3 Principal regulations
4 Schedule 2 amended
  • In Schedule 2, insert in its appropriate alphabetical order the item set out in the Schedule of these regulations.


Schedule
New item inserted in Schedule 2

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Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) Until recovery, including absence of any cough and gastro-intestinal symptoms for at least 24 hours For immunocompromised patients, until recovery, including absence of any cough and gastro-intestinal symptoms for at least 24 hours For 14 days from the last potential exposure to infection 14 days

Rebecca Kitteridge,
Clerk of the Executive Council.


Explanatory note

This note is not part of the regulations, but is intended to indicate their general effect.

These regulations amend the Health (Infectious and Notifiable Diseases) Regulations 1966 (the principal regulations). The amendments come into force on the day after notification in the Gazette.

The amendments add Middle East Respiratory Syndrome to the list of infectious diseases in Schedule 2 of the principal regulations.

The amendments specify the following (references are to the principal regulations):

  • the period for which a person who has, or has had, the disease must not leave his or her home (see regulation 8):

  • the period after which a person without a negative result from microbiological examination may leave his or her home with the permission of the medical officer of health under conditions to protect others from infection (see regulation 8):

  • the period for which a child or teacher who has, or is suspected to have, the disease must not attend school (see regulation 14(1)):

  • the period for which a child or teacher who has been exposed to infection with the disease must not attend school (see regulation 14(2)):

  • the disease's period of incubation for the purposes of the Health Act 1956 (see regulation 9).

The medical officer of health may permit earlier release from isolation or earlier attendance at school.


Issued under the authority of the Legislation Act 2012.

Date of notification in Gazette: 5 September 2013.

These regulations are administered by the Ministry of Health.