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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

New Zealand : More measles cases in Waikato

Via 3 News :

" Two more cases of measles have been recorded in the Waikato since last week, bringing the total number of cases in the region to 21.

The latest cases were in adults, and Medical Officer of Health Dr Anita Bell says they may have links to the Te Awamutu area.

Of the 21 cases 20 have been in people who were unimmunised, with one person having only received one of the two recommended doses of the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine.

Dr Bell says this is a testament to how effective the vaccine is in protecting people from becoming infected.

“Immunisation is the only protection from this potentially serious disease,” she says.

“Immunisation protects not only the individual, but also blocks the spread of this disease within our communities.”

Dr Bell says measles can spread easily through the air, and if someone suspects they or a family member may have the disease they should seek treatment as soon as possible to stop the disease spreading."

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