Second measles case confirmed in Auckland


A person has been confirmed with measles in Auckland, the second case in the last seven days.

Measles is a disease that can spread easily. (Source:

Te Whatu Ora said the case is unrelated to the measles case notified last week and is also linked to recent overseas travel.

“Public health is working closely with Te Whatu Ora – Waitematā staff to identify people who may have come into contact with the individual while they were waiting in emergency departments,” Te Whatu Ora said in a statement.

The person was at the following hospitals:

• North Shore Hospital emergency department – night of 22 September

• Waitakere Hospital emergency department – night of 24 September

The case was not infectious when they flew into New Zealand earlier this month according to the health authority.

“Public health is also assessing the immunity of staff and children at Busy Bees Hobsonville early learning service, where the case attended for three days while infectious from 19 to 21 September.”

Contacts are being chased up by public health authorities.

“The first symptoms of measles include a fever, cough, runny nose and sore and watery pink eyes. This is followed by a blotchy rash,” said National Public Health Service Northern region Medical Officer of Health Dr Jay Harrower.

“The illness spreads very quickly amongst people who aren’t immune.”

People are considered immune if they have received two doses of measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccine, have had a measles illness previously, or were born before 1969.

About The Author

Sometimes when a business is growing, it needs a little help.

Right now Kaniva News provides a free, politically independent, bilingual news service for readers around the world that is absolutely unique. We are the largest New Zealand-based Tongan news service, and our stories reach Tongans  wherever they are round the world. But as we grow, there are increased demands on Kaniva News for translation into Tongan on our social media accounts and for the costs associated with expansion. We believe it is important for Tongans to have their own voice and for Tongans to preserve their language, customs and heritage. That is something to which we are strongly committed. That’s why we are asking you to consider sponsoring our work and helping to preserve a uniquely Tongan point of view for our readers and listeners.

Latest news

Related news