75 more Aucklanders infected by measles

AMY MAAS
Last updated 11:56 03/11/2011

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The measles outbreak continues to spread in Auckland with the disease infecting an extra 75 victims in October.

Since the outbreak began in May, a total of 278 people have been infected in the region.

Of those, 53 people have been hospitalised.

The measles toll stood at 203 in the beginning of October.

The Ministry of Health is working with the three district health boards to provide a measles vaccine.

Officials rolled out the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine free of charge since the beginning of October.

It is advised people born after January 1, 1969, check their immunisation status. If they have received only one dose of the vaccine or are not immunised, they should arrange and MMR vaccination.

The practice around vaccinating infants has also changed, with them being able to receive their first vaccination at 12 months instead of 15 months, with the second being administered 28 days later instead of at the age of four.

The symptoms of measles include fever, cough, runny or blocked nose, sore red eyes and white spots inside the mouth with a rash appearing on the face and spreading down the body.

Anyone who has any of these symptoms are being urged to stay at home and call their doctor or Healthline on 0800 611 116.

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