There were another 69 confirmed cases of measles in the past week, taking the number of cases for 2019 to 516.

ESR surveillance shows 53 new cases in the Counties Manukau DHB for the week ending 9 August.

Counties Manukau has now had 241 cases so far this year.

New cases have also been confirmed for Waitemata, Auckland, Bay of Plenty, Hawkes Bay and South Canterbury.

Nationwide the number of hospitalisations for measles is now 198.

The last time measles cases were this high was in 2011 when 597 cases were notified.  The 2011 outbreak was largest annual count since the last measles epidemic, which peaked in 1997 with 2169 cases identified.

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(external link)

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