4 Aug 2011

Two more measles cases confirmed in Waikato

10:18 pm on 4 August 2011

Waikato health authorities have confirmed an extra two cases of measles in the past two days.

A three-month-long outbreak of measles in Auckland is thought to have spread to Waikato.

It had 10 confirmed cases on Monday and was analysing a further five cases.

A Waikato medical officer of health, Anita Bell, says there are now 12 confirmed and a further three suspected cases.

Dr Bell says one of the confirmed cases is a secondary case and Waikato regional public health officials are expecting more such cases.

A secondary case occurs when a person who has not been immunised catches measles from an earlier case before that person knew they had the disease, she says.