Measles Cases Spark Warnings in New Zealand

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Sarah Peddie

The New Zealand public are being reminded to be aware of the symptoms of Measles, as two new cases spark health warnings. 

It is thought that an infant contracted the disease whilst in Auckland, where there are around 300 cases of Measles.

However, it has been revealed that the child has not had the Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccine.

What is Measles?

Measles is a very infectious viral illness which can lead to serious health complications. It is mostly common in young children but anyone can catch the disease if they haven’t been vaccinated. 

One dose of the MMR vaccine is 95% effective, which means a person only has a 5% chance of getting Measles after being vaccinated.  

The vaccine can be given to children over the age of 12 months and this is fully funded in New Zealand. 

This news comes one day after it was announced that a person who was at the New Zealand Under-15’s Basketball Nationals competition had Measles. 

Anyone who was at the event in Mount Maungarui could have been exposed. 

Toi Te Ora Public Health board are making people aware to be on the lookout for any symptoms of the disease. 

It can take up to two weeks after exposure to the disease for the symptoms to start developing. 

Early symptoms can include a cough, runny nose, sore eyes and a fever. These symptoms are then followed by a rash which usually starts on the face and works its way down the body.

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