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No new Waikato measles cases

There have been no new cases of measles notified to Waikato District Health Board’s public health unit, Population Health, in the last fortnight.

The Waikato outbreak will be declared over when there have been four weeks without any new cases.

Population Health has been notified of 126 confirmed measles cases. Almost half of the confirmed cases are household contacts of a confirmed case and were already placed in quarantine before they were unwell.

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

Approximately 110 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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