Measles cases continue to increase

02 August 2011 12:36

Health chiefs in Auckland have urged people to get themselves immunised against measles

Health chiefs in Auckland have urged people to get themselves immunised against measles

Britons travelling to New Zealand may want to look into getting some medical travel insurance following news that the number of people in Auckland with measles continues to rise.

The number of confirmed cases of the disease in the region has now reached 94, according to the Auckland Regional Public Health Service, including eight people who are in quarantine and five cases where people needed to be admitted to hospital.

Medical officer of health, Richard Hoskins, said that nearly all of the cases were people who had not been immunised.

Mr Hoskins urged people in the region to make sure they had been immunised. He said: "By getting immunised you will not only be protecting yourself or your child, you'll be also be stopping this disease from spreading in our communities.

"If you do come into contact with a person infected with measles, if you have not been immunised or have not had the disease, then you may be advised to be isolated - to stay at home and away from all public places, school or work for 14 days after coming into contact."

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