Number of measles cases in resort continues to rise

Another measles case has been confirmed in Queenstown taking the total number of cases to 21.

Of the 21 cases, 20 were Queenstown residents and one was a visitor from Auckland.

Southern District Health Board medical officer of health Dr Susan Jack asked everyone to remain vigilant for the symptoms of the disease, and for those with symptoms to isolate themselves to prevent spreading the disease.

They should seek medical assistance by calling Healthline on 0800 611 116. 

 More than 100 babies sent to hospital with measles

More than 100 babies have been hospitalised after contracting measles this year.

In the year to Friday, 102 babies under 12 months were sent to hospital, of a total 176 that caught measles, figures from the Institute of Environmental Science and Research show.

In the last week alone 32 babies under 1 were confirmed as having caught measles - 18 per cent of the year's total.

In each of the previous two weeks, 18 under-1s were confirmed to have measles.

On Saturday, the Herald reported one of the babies hospitalised had almost died.

The country's measles outbreak is not yet slowing down, despite a mammoth vaccination effort.

 - additional reporting NZ Herald

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