As at 11am today there are now 43 confirmed cases of measles in Northland with another 18 cases under investigation. This is up from 40 cases as advised on 11 September.
From 1 January 2019 to 13 September 2019 there have been 1238 confirmed cases of measles notified across New Zealand. 1028 of these confirmed cases are in the Auckland region.
"Given that Northland is so close to Auckland and people regularly travel there, it isn't surprising that the number of measles cases in Northland is increasing," noted Dr Brad Novak, Medical Officer of Health.
"The majority of the 43 cases in Northland have a link to Auckland, or to already known cases in our region."
In terms of where the measles cases are it is essential to realise that the measles virus is invisible and airborne. No matter where you live if you are not immunised, and you come in contact with the virus, there is a high chance that you will contract measles.
"Effectively, if you are immune against measles you do not have to worry. Our goal is to ensure that those who are eligible are immunised because this will protect our very young children and those who are unable to be vaccinated."
Measles starts a bit like the flu with fevers, cough, runny nose, and sore red eyes with a rash appearing on day 3-5.
If you think you or someone you know may have measles call Healthline on 0800 611 116 for advice.
If you need urgent care call ahead and let the GP, ambulance, or Emergency Department know you think you might have measles.
Make an appointment with your GP for a free vaccine or children and adults up to the age of 30 years can get a free MMR vaccine at the:
Child Wellbeing Hub at 22b Commerce Street on Tuesdays and Thursdays (no appointment needed)
Kaitaia Hospital Whare – Thursday starting 19 September – 12.45pm until 4pm (until further notice).