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10 January 2012 09:50
New Zealand health officials have warned travellers to get immunised against measles
People heading to New Zealand should ensure they are immunised against measles, according to health officials in the country.
The warning to holidaymakers comes after Ministry of Health officials urged Auckland locals to get immunised immediately amid an ongoing measles epidemic.
Although no cases have been reported in the Whanganui health district yet, officials are warning tourists - who may feel the need to take out
medical travel insurance before leaving home.
The risk posed to travellers is the major concern for officials, according to Karen Howard, communicable disease nurse at the Whanganui District Health Board's public centre.
The nurse said that cases of the disease reached their highest number for almost 14 years by December 15 last year, with 568 confirmed. More than three-quarters of those live in Auckland.
"We can't stress enough how important it is for people to make sure they are immunised because there's a real risk that this disease could quickly get out of hand," she said.
18 January 2017
Researchers at Cambridge University may have made a breakthrough in the treatment of Parkinson's disease, according to preliminary findings.
17 January 2017
Stansted Airport has made a bid to become Britain's next hub for long-haul travel, as passengers are promised seamless connection facilities and baggage transfer.
13 January 2017
Long-term goals such as travelling more and visiting new places have come above healthy eating and changing jobs in a list of the top New Year's resolutions.
14 January 2017
Some of the biggest airports in the UK have been forced to cancel flights as snow and blizzard conditions sweep parts of the country.
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24 December 2016
Planned strikes by British Airways cabin crew on Christmas Day and Boxing Day have been suspended amid continuing industrial unrest ahead of the weekend break.
11 January 2017
A connection between diabetes and inflection in children could be a major breakthrough in developing a cure for type 1 diabetes, according to new research.
10 January 2017
A new trial aimed at tackling widespread loneliness among older people is successfully reducing isolation using community-based tactics, a report shows.
07 January 2017
People may be able to enjoy better brain health in later life by following a Mediterranean diet, research has suggested.
06 January 2017
Many Britons plan to cut down on the costs of their holidays in 2017, as part of their financial resolutions for the New Year.
05 January 2017
Holidaymakers have been encouraged to make the most of the fact 2017 boasts a pair of bank holiday weekends just two weeks apart.
04 January 2017
Holidaymakers are increasingly turning their attentions to trips which are all-inclusive, new research has suggested.