As it happened: Julie Anne Genter delivers Government's response to measles outbreak

  • 30/08/2019

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Associate Health Minister Julie Anne Genter has delivered an update on the Government's response to the measles outbreak. 

There have been 731 confirmed cases of the infection in Auckland this year and three cases have now been confirmed in Waikato. There have also been confirmed cases in Taranaki and Queenstown.

Genter said on Friday the Ministry of Health will prioritise the outbreak, with a National Health Coordination Centre to be activated to monitor the situation in the rest of New Zealand. 

On Wednesday, the Ministry of Health announced it would roll out extra support for immunisation in south Auckland as the measles outbreak worsened. 

Genter said nurse vaccinators would be sent to malls, schools and churches in the area in an attempt to get more people immunised.

Measles has officially been eradicated from New Zealand, with all new outbreaks originating from overseas. 


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