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Waikato measles update

Waikato District Health Board’s public health unit Population Health has to date (30 July 2014) been notified of 116 confirmed measles cases, up two on last week.

Almost half of the confirmed cases are household contacts of a confirmed case and were already placed in quarantine before they were unwell, medical officer of health Dr Anita Bell said.

Approximately 80 per cent of cases are aged between 10 to 20 years. Of the others, 15 per cent are aged under 10 years and five per cent over 30 years and are mostly close contacts of confirmed cases in quarantine as they were not vaccinated.

Nine cases have been hospitalised but are now well.

Of the 116 cases, the vast majority are unimmunised; only four are fully immunised.

Approximately 105 cases with a clinical illness and rash like measles have been investigated and were found not to have measles.

There are currently no schools or child care centres with quarantine management in place.

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