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Levin, Waikato measles cases connected

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 19/05/2016

An outbreak of measles at Levin schools is related to a Waikato outbreak, authorities say. Two Levin schools are the latest to be hit by measles, and students have been told to stay home.

Earlier this week, two Waikato schools closed for a day after 22 confirmed cases of measles in the region, while Northland registered four cases, and Nelson had one case.

MidCentral District Health Board medical officer Dr Rob Weir said the Levin and Waikato outbreaks were connected.

Last month Waikato DHB issued an alert after infectious sufferers attended a regional kapa haka festival with about 5000 attendees from throughout the North Island.

Both Levin Intermediate and Waiopehu College have closed for the day after one confirmed case each.

Dr Weir said although the Levin closures would create disruption, the DHB and schools were doing everything possible to stop the disease spreading.

"Measles is a very infectious disease so anyone who is not immune to measles is at risk if they come in to contact with the disease," he said. A notice from Waiopehu College principal Mark Robinson said the infected student had been at school before any symptoms showed, but was now at home recovering.

Only students with written proof they've had two doses of the measles, mumps, rubella vaccine can attend the college on Monday.

If students cannot provide a vaccination certificate, they will need to stay at home until May 30, the school says.

Measles starts with a fever and usually a cough or runny nose, and perhaps sore, red eyes before the rash appears. One in 10 people needs hospital treatment.

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