71 cases of measles in SDHB area

A total of 71 people have been diagnosed with measles in the Southern District Health Board area.

Four Queenstown cases were confirmed this week, bringing the total number in the resort alone to 64.

One Wanaka case was also confirmed this week, taking the town's total to three.

That person was in contact with a known case and had been in isolation throughout the infectious period.

There remain two cases in Dunedin and one each in Oamaru and Gore to date.

The Ministry of Health yesterday announced extra MMR vaccine availability to be distributed in the next couple of weeks.

In the Southern DHB region that meant it would be able to widen priority groups to include routine MMR vaccination at 15 months and four years, and catch-up MMR vaccinations for all children and young people up to the age of 18 - more information on the process would be provided next week.

Unvaccinated people who have had direct contact with measles cases were advised to call Healthline on 0800611-116.

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