Via The New Zealand Herald News: Hip-hop measles infection could spread. Excerpt:
A medical officer of health says the number of people infected with measles could grow, with 10 people in Auckland and Bay of Plenty already confirmed to have the disease.
The 10 cases, which include one person in Auckland and nine others in Turangi and Taupo, were confirmed by the Health Ministry yesterday.
Four of the people attended the World Supremacy Battleground hip hop competition in Sydney last month, and the remaining individuals infected were family or known to those who had been at the festival.
Dr Neil de Wet, medical officer of health for the Bay of Plenty region, said it would not be surprising if more people were to become infected.
"Measles does spread easily so this could well grow in number and that's why we're doing everything we can to try and prevent it.''
His Auckland counterpart, Dr Simon Baker, agreed that it was too early to say whether or not the infection had been contained - and urged people to be extra vigilant in keeping track of possible symptoms.
All those who had come into contact with the infected individual in Auckland had been contacted by nursing staff, and given a blood test if necessary, he said.
"We've got no probable cases and no under investigation cases, we've had no calls from any doctors notifying of any possible cases and we've had no lab results suggesting anyone else has got measles in Auckland at the moment,'' Dr Baker said.
"We're just hopeful there will be no more cases in Auckland because you'd expect them to start appearing now.''