Measles outbreak at Hamilton high school
Students at a Hamilton school have been plagued by a possible measles outbreak.
Waikato District Health Board medical officer of health Dr Anita Bell said she had confirmed eight cases of the deadly virus from Fraser High School, but that number could balloon out to more than 35.
''Nearly all possible cases have been linked to Fraser High,'' she said.
The patients identified were between 13 and 19 years of age and had been mostly treated by local GPs.
''The cases really started to roll in at the end of last week,'' Bell said.
Patient swabs have been sent to Christchurch to confirm the presence of the virus, but at this stage no-one had been admitted to hospital for more than one night.
Parents from Fraser High have been notified of the outbreak.
What is measles?
Who is at risk of measles infection?
People are at risk of getting measles if they are not immune to measles. People who are regarded as not immune to measles are:
What should you do?
If you develop symptoms of measles: