New Zealand health authorities have released a new series of stories highlighting the well-founded fear of measles for young people with cancer. Drawn from interviews with four young people, Protecting Children with Cancer from Measles tells of the real ways the measles outbreak changed their lives. Children undergoing cancer treatment are particularly vulnerable to illnesses … Read more
It’s been just over a year since a large measles outbreak began in Auckland, New Zealand. The outbreak was originally traced to a young purposely unimmunized traveler returning from the United Kingdom. Unfortunately this case was not diagnosed or notified on suspicion. The case subsequently attended school, which had low immunization coverage, and infected several people sparking an outbreak of well over 500 cases.
In a burst of unwelcome news late on a Friday afternoon, New Zealand media warned that “thousands” of people may have been exposed to the measles virus in Wellington over the last week, including tourists to the Rugby World Cup. According to the regional public health medical officer, Dr Annette Nesdale, people who visited a … Read more