28 Jan 2020

Government urged to prevent 'export' of disease to Pacific

From Morning Report, 7:42 am on 28 January 2020

The Government is being told to take urgent steps to prevent the export of infectious diseases to the Pacific.

It follows a deadly epidemic of measles in Samoa that's killed 83 people since October after the disease spread from New Zealand.

Now health officials are anticipating the arrival in this country of the new coronavirus from China.

A public health professor at the University of Otago, Michael Baker, says the virus would be deadly for Pacific nations.

Mackenzie Smith reports.