Three hospitalised with measles

Last updated 13:53 16/06/2014

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The measles outbreak in Hamilton has reached 53 with the hospitalisation of three people confirmed.

Waikato District Health Board's Population Health service has confirmed 53 measles cases in Hamilton in recent weeks. Three people were hospitalised after contracting the virus.

Several cases were associated with Fraser High School and one from both Hamilton Girls High School and Hamilton Junior High School. 

The public health unit is investigating at least another eight suspected cases from throughout the city.

Of the 53 cases, only one person was fully immunised with two documented doses of Measles-Mumps-Rubella vaccine and only two cases had at least one documented immunisation.

"It's important that with the spread outside of the Fraser High School community, that people make themselves aware of the signs and symptoms of measles and to check their child's immunity status," said Waikato DHB medical officer of health Dr Anita Bell.

All schools have notified parents of the outbreak and both Girls' High and Fraser High have initiated a quarantine programme which is expected to continue till June 23.

 Population Health service has sent information to all schools, early child care centres and general practices

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