26 Jan 2024

Health minster Dr Shane Reti anxious over potential of measles outbreak

From Midday Report, 12:15 pm on 26 January 2024

The Health Minister is increasingly anxious there could be a fatal outbreak of Measles in Aotearoa this year as cases increase globally.

Experts say with more people travelling, it's likely too many infections will come across the border to contain.

In the 2019 outbreak there were more than 2000 cases and hundreds of people hospitalised, many of them under five.

The Minister of Health and Pacific Peoples Dr Shane Reti says the disease is highly infectious - making it hugely worrying.

Reti spoke to Charlotte Cook.