Measles in New Zealand confirmed over the Christmas/New Year period.
Lakes District Health Board identified 10 cases of measles over the Christmas/new year period. Three of the 10 people had travelled to Sydney for the 2013 World Supremacy Battlegrounds hip-hop competition with teams from Hamilton and Huntly. Auckland Regional Public Health identified one case of measles, this person had also attended to the hip-hop competition. As of 13 January 2014, five further cases of measles have been confirmed - two cases in Wellington and three in Turangi/Taupo. The most recent cases are contacts of the earlier cases.
The total of confirmed measles cases in this outbreak in now 16.
Measles is easily spread to people who have not had the disease in the past or previously been immunised. Travel over the holiday period means measles cases could occur anywhere in New Zealand.
Anyone with symptoms of measles should stay at home and telephone their doctor or after hours clinic BEFORE visiting them so you don't have to wait for your appointment around other people. Healthline (0800 611 116) can also be contacted for advice. Our Measles webpage has more information about measles symptoms.
People born in 1969 or later should check that they have received two MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) immunisations. Those born before 1969 are expected to have had measles before immunisation against the disease was introduced in New Zealand.