New Zealand fears that measles outbreak will intensify

Public health officials in Auckland, New Zealand, are warning residents to take extended precautions against a measles outbreak that is set to intensify.

Parents are being warned of the risks in taking unvaccinated children into public places over the holidays, according to There have been 90 cases of the measles confirmed in Auckland since the outbreak began and more are expected following the results of new laboratory tests.

“It’s showing no signs of coming under control,” Dr Richard Hoskins, a health officer, said, reports. “It’s continuing to spread. That number looks like it’s going to get a lot bigger.”

Hoskins warned parents about not unduly exposing unvaccinated children to others who may have contracted the disease. A student was recently quarantined along with dozens of unimmunized children in the last week of the school term.

Others, unable to produce an immunization certificate, have likewise been placed in quarantine. According to Hoskins, people should be quarantined for 14 days from the time they come into contact with an infected person.

“The only way to prevent it if it’s circulating in a community is to be immune to it yourself,” Hoskins said, reports. "The best way to do that is to have age-appropriate immunization.”