Four measles cases linked to Mt Maunganui, Bay of Plenty

Four measles cases linked to Mt Maunganui, Bay of Plenty

Dahlman said they identified patients that are lacking one or both of the MMR vaccine and sent them letters asking them to contact their doctors to get the vaccine.

There have also been three confirmed cases in Placer County and one in Tehama County. MI is among 19 states dealing with a measles outbreak.

School officials reminded parents that, by MI law, all students are required to be immunized with two doses of Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) vaccine or have history of measles disease, and asked for parents to provide proof of vaccine or measles history to the school for their child's health record if they haven't already done so.

Public health officials report an adult contracted the measles virus, marking the sixth confirmed measles case in the county. There have been outbreaks, defined as three or more cases, identified in five states: New York, Washington, New Jersey, California and MI.

The vaccine is about 97% effective after two doses. A single dose protects about 95 percent of children. The figure, reported on Monday, is the second-highest reported total since the contagious disease was declared eliminated in the United States in 2000, and is approaching the record high since that year of 667 in 2014.

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Dr Jim Miller, Medical Officer of Health for Toi Te Ora Public Health, says with measles now reported locally, it's most important that parents ensure their children receive their routine measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) immunisations on time at 15 months and four years of age.

If symptoms develop, residents are urged to call their doctor or emergency room before arriving so they can take precautions to prevent exposure to other individuals.

People born before January 1, 1969 are likely to be immune because measles used to be quite common and so this older age group did not need measles immunisation. The virus can live for up to two hours in an airspace where the infected person coughed or sneezed.

Symptoms include high fever, cough, runny nose, red eyes, and white spots in the mouth.

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