There were another 106 confirmed cases of measles in the past week, taking the number of cases for 2019 to 639

ESR surveillance shows 65 new cases in the Counties Manukau DHB for the week ending 19 August.

Counties Manukau has now had 329 cases so far this year.

In the latest week, 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 237.

Measles numbers now exceed 2011 levels when 596 cases were notified. This is the largest annual count since the 1997 epidemic, 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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