24 Oct 2019

NZ 'exports' measles to Pacific, warning signs 'missed' - NZ Opposition

From , 5:03 am on 24 October 2019

It's very disappointing that measles is being exported to Pacific neighbours, says New Zealand's Opposition associate health spokesperson.

MP for Whangarei, Dr Shane Reti, says New Zealand is well-resourced and had plenty of warning of global measles threats from the World Health Organisation.

Samoa has 169 suspected measles cases, including the death of a child, and now Tonga has 15 rugby players with measles symptoms after playing in New Zealand.  

As of Wednesday, there were a total of 68 cases in Tonga and an outbreak has now been declared.

Dr Reti told Jenny Meyer that New Zealand has a responsibility to get its own measles outbreak under control and help the neighbours it has let down.

National MP Shane Reti.

National MP Shane Reti. Photo: Supplied / National Party