Urgent warning given to Australians to stay away from Auckland about measles outbreak
- Health officials in NZ have issued a health warning to stay away from Auckland
- The warning applies to those who have not received their measles vaccines
- The region has an outbreak with 132 cases reported every week this month
Authorities have issued an unprecedented warning calling on people to stay away from the entire city of Auckland due to an outbreak of measles.
There have been 883 measles cases this year in New Zealand, of which 731 have been reported in the Auckland region.
& # 39; Do not travel to Auckland if you have not been vaccinated & # 39 ;, Minister Anne Anne Genter, employee, told reporters on Thursday.
Since the beginning of August there has been a sharp peak with 132 cases reported in the area every week.
Since the beginning of August there has been a sharp peak with 132 cases reported in the area every week
The government is struggling to stop the spread of the infection by rapidly rolling out vaccines to the public.
The southern suburbs of Auckland see most of the cases, with one school making one sixth of all students sick.
The outbreak is the largest in the region in the last 20 years – the number of cases worldwide has also tripled since the beginning of the year.
Two doses of measles mumps and rubella vaccine protect the public with the standard starting age of 15 months, which is advanced to 12 months by NZ health officials in the region.
Measles spread through the air through drops of coughing or sneezing – so you should stay home if you have the symptoms.
& # 39; Do not travel to Auckland if you have not been vaccinated & # 39 ;, health secretary Julie Anne Genter told reporters on Thursday
Symptoms include cough, runny nose, puffy eyes, red blotchy rash, and fever, although some appear only 10 to 14 days after exposure.
& # 39; If you are considering entering or leaving Auckland, make sure that you have been vaccinated at least two weeks before you leave. This includes children from 12 months of age. & # 39; Said Julie Anne Genter.
& # 39; The MMR vaccine is free for anyone under 50 who has not yet received two documented doses and is available nationwide from your doctor & # 39 ;, she added.
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