Measles outbreak in New Zealand grows to 72

The measles outbreak in Auckland, New Zealand, has risen to 72 cases, with health officials warning that the disease is likely to spread.
The disease, which has mostly occurred in West Auckland, has hospitalized five people. Over 400 people have been contacted by the Auckland Regional Public Health Service over the outbreak, not counting schools, Auckland Stuff reports.
"If your child is unwell or you suspect they have been exposed to measles and is not up to date with MMR immunizations, we would ask that you refrain from sending them to any scheduled group activities including community gatherings," Dr. Richard Hoskins, the medical officer of health, said, according to Auckland Stuff. "We strongly advise all children receive two doses of the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine at 15 months and four years. We also strongly advise catch-up vaccinations for adolescents and adults who have either none, or only one dose of the MMR vaccine - particularly if they are intending to travel overseas."
After the disease was first reported in West Auckland, it spread to Central Auckland, Manukau and North Shore. The outbreak was first connected to an unimmunized child who attended the Oratia District School in West Auckland. Another case was attributed to a passenger suffering from the early stages of the infection on a Thai Airways flight that landed in Auckland on June 19.
Symptoms of the measles include a cough, runny nose, sore eyes and fever followed by a raised red rash that begins on the face and spreads across the body.