Measles continues to spread across New Zealand

Measles cases have now soared past 100 as the highly contagious disease spreads to the capital - and figures reveal New Zealand is in line with a concerning global trend.

Wellington Hospital confirmed its first case today after a teenager from outside of the region was admitted over the weekend. They're now in a stable condition.

The latest figures released to Newshub from ESR show cases have now climbed to 111 in total, following a surge in the school holidays.

There's been a 300 percent increase in cases in New Zealand compared to the same period last year, which is in line with a global trend according to the World Health Organisation.

Auckland and Bay of Plenty have seen a spike in recent weeks, Auckland recording 33 cases and Bay of Plenty, 13. Earlier outbreaks in Canterbury and Waikato appear to have been contained, with no new cases.

Two years ago, New Zealand won international praise for successfully eliminating endemic measles - meaning the virus was no longer circulating in New Zealand.

To prevent it becoming endemic again, health officials are advising people to ensure they've had two MMR vaccinations.

Anyone who suspects they may have measles is advised to avoid contact with others, and call their GP or Healthline.