Four measles cases linked to Mt Maunganui, Bay of Plenty

Measles vaccination: One confirmed case in Mt Maunganui

Measles vaccination: One confirmed case in Mt Maunganui

Three or more localized cases qualifies as an outbreak, and thus far include Rockland County, N.Y.; New York City; Washington State; Michigan, New Jersey and Butte and Santa Cruz counties in California. There are no public exposure sites for the Wayne County case.

While measles is a highly contagious virus, Sutfin said exposure sites are not required to follow any special guidelines, as the virus lives in the nose and throat mucus of an infected person.

- A student at a middle school in Birmingham has one of the confirmed cases of the measles in metro Detroit right now. Children too young to be vaccinated, or who have only had one dose of vaccine, are more likely to get infected.

On getting a measles vaccine before traveling out of the country: "It depends on factors such as your age and the vaccinations you've had before you can make a blanket recommendation". A single dose of measles vaccine protects about 95 percent of children, but after two doses, nearly 100 percent are immune.

"It's important that parents ensure that their children receive their free routine MMR immunisations on time at 15 months and 4 years of age", medical officer of health Dr Jim Miller said.

A measles outbreak in the United States shows no sign of slowing down, with 78 new cases reported in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) latest update to the totals for 2019. It says the vaccine is 97% effective.

What are the symptoms of measles?

Tiny white spots on the inner cheeks, gums, and roof of the mouth (Koplik Spots) 2-3 days after symptoms begin.

High fever (may spike to over 104˚F).

"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", state health officials said.

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