ESR says a further 30 cases of measles have been confirmed for the past week, bringing the total so far in 2019 to 311.

In the week ended 12 July there were a further 23 new cases in the Counties Manukau District Health Board area, taking the cumulative total to 100.

New cases were also confirmed in Auckland, Waitemata, Taranaki and Capital and Coast.

The number of hospitalisations for measles is now 128.

The new cumulative figure eclipses the 2014 total of 280 – but is still some way off the 560 cases reported in 2011.

The currently-available vaccination is the best protection people can have against measles. They need to have two MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccinations, as part of the National Immunisation Schedule (age 15 months and 4 years).  Anyone born in or after 1969 who has not had two documented doses of vaccine can be vaccinated for free if their GP has sufficient supplies.

Anyone who suspects they may have measles should avoid contact with other people, especially those who are not fully immunised, and should phone their GP or call Healthline on 0800 611 116 for advice. It is important to call first because measles is highly infectious, and people with measles can infect others in the waiting room. 

ESR’s latest measles report can be found here:

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