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New Zealand: Measles Outbreak Hits Waiheke Island

“The measles outbreak which has infected more than 200 Aucklanders has now spread to Waiheke Island.

A 17-year-old resident on the island recently tested positive for the disease, Dawn Rigby, Manager of the Waiheke Trust says.

It is not known where the teenager contracted measles but because of the school holidays his contact with others has been limited.

There are no other suspected cases on Waiheke.

Since the measles outbreak began in May there have been 229 confirmed cases of the disease in Auckland.

Health officials are urging anyone who has not been immunised against the disease to be vaccinated.

The Ministry of Health is working with the three Auckland district health boards to ensure there is a sufficient supply of the measles vaccine, as the disease continues to spread.

Officials will administer the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine for anyone who is not immunised free of charge.

The best protection against the disease is to have two doses of the MMR vaccine.

It is vital people born after January 1, 1969 check their immunisation status and if they are not vaccinated or have only received one dose of the vaccination, they should arrange an MMR vaccination.” Read more.

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