Measles spreads to second school

AMANDA PARKINSON
Last updated 13:18 13/06/2014

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Hamilton's measles outbreak has spread to another of the city's schools with one confirmed case now found at Girls' High.

Waikato District Health Board's Population Health service confirmed 38 measles cases in Hamilton and is investing another 20 suspected cases. 

Staff and students at Fraser High School have become sick with the virus, forcing administrators to revise the amount of students able to attend school each day.

For last two days the school has cycled between having the junior cohort one day and seniors the next, a measure expected to continue until early next week. 

Hamilton Girls' High School have sent a letter out to all parents from Population Health advising them of the case and for those who have not had two documented doses of the MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella) vaccine to be at home in quarantine until further notice.

The same precautions are being taken at Fraser High School.

Waikato DHB medical officer of health Dr Anita Bell urged parents to check their child's immunisation status.

"Information has been circulated regarding the increase in cases to all schools, early child care centres and general practice."

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