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Measles cases isolated

SARAH CODDINGTON AND JOANNAH MOIR
Last updated 09:47 08/01/2014

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A hip-hop dancer reported to have contracted measles at a world dancing competition in Sydney is believed to be recovering well at home in Papakura.

She is the first confirmed measles case in Auckland since June 2012.

The dance student at Papakura's Norris Dance and Performing Arts Studio travelled with her teacher to the 2013 World Supremacy Battleground hip-hop competition in early December.

A studio spokeswoman told the Papakura Courier the girl is now recovering at home.

Since her case was reported on New Year's Eve there have been 10 confirmed cases in the upper North Island.

Four of the victims also attended the dance festival.

Those infected range in age from 5 to 28. They have been isolated and no-one has been admitted to hospital.

Medical officer of health Catherine Jackson warns that measles is extremely infectious and can cause serious complications.

Symptoms start with a high fever about 10 days after exposure.

"Auckland's last major measles outbreak in 2011 demonstrates how quickly the disease can spread: one infected child resulted in nearly 500 cases and 80 hospital admissions," Dr Jackson says.

If you have measles symptoms or any concerns, phone your GP or Healthline on 0800 611 116.

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