6 Jul 2014

Measles outbreak still requires care

8:01 am on 6 July 2014

Health authorities say a measles outbreak in the upper North Island seems to be slowing, but people planning to travel in the school holidays should take care.

A two-year-old being vaccinated against measles.

A two-year-old being vaccinated against measles. Photo: AFP

There have been 200 reported cases of the disease in Auckland and Waikato since last December.

And there are now 95 confirmed cases of measles in the Waikato region - 11 more than a week ago.

All but four are people who were not fully immunised.

Most cases involve young people aged between 10 and 20, and students have been quarantined at three schools - Maeroa Intermediate, Hamilton Boys High and Frankton Primary.

Quarantines at Hamilton Boys' High and Frankton Primary School were due to be lifted on Saturday but will remain in place at Maeroa Intermediate until Friday.

The Waikato Medical Officer of Health, Dr Anita Bell, said anyone travelling during the school holidays break should ensure they're fully immunised or if they have any measles symptoms, to get checked out by a doctor before going away.