Via Stuff.co.nz: More come forward with measles, at least 10 confirmed cases in the Waikato. Excerpt:
Several more people are under investigation for measles in the recent outbreak in the Waikato.
There are now 10 confirmed cases of measles and another 10 people suspected of having measles.
Of the 10 confirmed cases, one attended a kapa haka festival at Claudelands Event Centre in Hamilton on Saturday, April 16. More than 5000 people attended the event.
One confirmed case is a Waikato District Health Board staffer. And of the 10 cases under investigation by the Waikato District Health Board, three attended the festival and the other seven had links to another infected person.
Waikato DHB medical officer of health Felicity Dumble said at least five of the suspected cases attended the emergency department between March 25 and April 19. Three were admitted to hospital.
Hamilton mum Tiana Allen was at the Waikato Hospital emergency department on April 24 with her 10-month-old son, Isaiah. She was told by a nurse that her son shouldn't be at the hospital as there were children in the play area suspected of having measles.
Allen is keeping an eye on her son for symptoms, as measles has an incubation period of two weeks. Isaiah is too young to have been immunised, a jab usually given at 15 months.
During an outbreak in 2014, there were 125 measles cases in Hamilton. Four of those were considered fully immunised.
Two doses of MMR (measles, mumps and rubella vaccine) provide 95 to 98 per cent immunity.
"People should ring ahead and warn us if they are coming to hospital so we can prepare for that, or they can call their GP or Healthline for advice," Dumble said.