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School shut due to measles outbreak

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 2/06/2016

© Getty Images A Palmerston North secondary school has been shut with all its students and staff urged to stay at home in isolation due to a measles outbreak.

A person who is believed to have had measles was at Palmerston North Girls' High School on three days late last month, prompting the school to close on Thursday afternoon.

It remains shut on Friday.

All staff and students have been urged to stay in isolation until the person with the suspected case gets their definitive test results returned on Friday.

After the results are received, the school will provide further advice on what to do next.

It could be the 11th measles case in region in recent days after a person was confirmed with the disease at a early childhood centre in Horowhenua on Wednesday.

Last month Morrinsville College closed its doors to those who could not prove they had been vaccinated against the disease.

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman said on Monday the Waikato region was experiencing a significant measles outbreak and there had bid other cases in Nelson, Northland and Horowhenua-Manawatu.

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