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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

New Zealand : Measles Outbreaks 2011 - update 10

The latest measles outbreak update from New Zealand's Ministry of Health :

" A sustained increase in new cases of measles, concentrated in Auckland City, has been reported from Auckland region over the past 5 weeks.

As of Thursday 13 October 2011 (9:00 am):

- Twenty-two new confirmed and one probable cases1 of measles have been reported since the last update, most of them (17) from Auckland region (13 from Auckland City, 3 from Waitemata and 1 from counties Manukau), plus also 3 new cases from Bay of Plenty DHB, 1 from Capital and Coast and 1 from Canterbury DHB.

- Approximately half of the cases reported from Auckland region during the current increase are over 20 years of age.

- There have been 231confirmed (and no probable) cases of measles since 30 May 2011 reported to Auckland Regional Public Health Service. Most of these cases have been in Waitemata and Auckland City (51% and 44% respectively).

- There has been a total of 329 (322 confirmed, 7 probable) cases of measles reported in New Zealand since 1 January 2011.

- Fifty-seven of the cases with measles have needed hospital treatment so far this year, 33 of them in the last 4 weeks (including 28 from Auckland City)."

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