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Measles cases rise in Mount Maunganui, three new cases in Auckland

Measles cases rise in Mount Maunganui, three new cases in Auckland

The state health services department has confirmed at least 14 cases of measles in Texas this year, more than in all of 2018.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services updated the numbers Monday with two additional cases.

Authorities are trying to determine possible exposure sites for the more recent cases.

Medical Officer of Health Dr William Rainger says the new cases are in isolation and ARPHS is following up with contacts in family, household, education, healthcare and social settings to prevent spread of the disease. It says the vaccine is 97% effective. "The first of two routine childhood measles vaccine doses is given at 12-15 months of age".

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. This brings the total number of states with measles cases to 19. "But in general, when you're traveling, we absolutely do recommend you review your vaccinations with a provider, because you want make sure they're up to date before you go out of the country".

Information about the cases - whether they were linked to existing cases, or where those people went while infectious - was not yet known.

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We can't discuss the anti-vaxx movement without scrutinizing the specious premise that the measles vaccine is, on the whole, more unsafe than measles itself.

Miller said If you have never had a dose of MMR vaccine now was the time to get one.

The virus can live for up to two hours in the air where the infected person was present.

According to the CDC, there are now active outbreaks being monitored in California, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, and Washington.

People who were in these locations and are susceptible to the measles virus are at-risk of developing the illness. A small percentage of those infected can develop pneumonia, swelling of the brain or other serious symptoms.