Measles outbreak hits New Zealand

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A measle outbreak has hit New Zealand.

The number of measles cases in Auckland is now up to 778 while 937 have been reported nationwide.

Worst affected have been children younger than five and those aged between 15 and 29.

Auckland Regional Public Health Service has said that New Zealand had now lost immunity against measles and they expect more cases in the next few weeks.

This is not the worst outbreak of measles in New Zealand. The 1997 epidemic that reached into the thousands.

ARPHS was not advising people in Auckland to avoid public gatherings. Measles is very contagious with one infected person able to infect on average about 15 other people.

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  1. This is terrible, we should definitely fine the parents that haven’t vaccinated their child yet!

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