Measles outbreak spreads

Last updated 19:17 01/01/2014

Relevant offers


DHBs struggling to cope with increase in type 1 diabetes in children Waikato DHB to take stand against gambling Disabled man who cannot stop eating fighting for more support Former English rugby rose becomes Cranford Hospice chief executive Festival hopes to break HIV and AIDS stigma Privacy concerns prompt health board to develop policy on cameras in hospitals Protection teams idea to prevent attacks on children Coroner's legionellosis recommendations not being enforced Wellington considers cigarette butt ban as council approves new anti-smoking moves Life in a retirement village for 51 year old Marlborough man

A measles outbreak in the upper North Island is spreading, with 10 confirmed cases so far linked to a Sydney dance festival.

One case in Auckland and nine in Taupo and Turangi have been confirmed.

Measles is highly infectious, and public health authorities are working to contact people who may have been exposed.

Three of the Taupo cases and the Auckland case had attended the 2013 World Supremacy Battleground hip-hop competition in Sydney in December.

Did you attend the hip-hop competition? Click here to send us your feedback

Acting Deputy Director Public Health at the Ministry of Health Dr Harriette Carr said the remaining cases were family or known to those who had been at the festival.

Nobody has been hospitalised, but infected people are being kept isolated at home.

Other attendees at the festival came from Huntly and Hamilton and authorities there are tracing them, Dr Carr said.

Ad Feedback

- The Dominion Post

Special offers
Opinion poll

Should fluoride in water be the responsibility of central government?



Vote Result

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content