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Ignorance about vaccines a "risk": The measles outbreak in Auckland warns the parents



A masters expert warned parents against complacency after more Aucklanders contracted this week's highly infectious disease.

New Zealand's largest city is experiencing an outbreak of potentially life-threatening viral disease and measles have hit at least 135 people this week Greater Auckland.

Measles are one of the most contagious human diseases, said global masseur Dr. Robert Linkins opposite Stuff .

  The number of measles cases in Auckland continues to rise, five more within one day.

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The number of measles cases in Auckland continues to rise and within one day there are five more cases.

Linkins, based in the US, said measles are "very effective in finding and infecting unvaccinated people."

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"Nine out of ten people who come into close contact with a person with measles become infected if they are not immune," Linkins said.

Linkins from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia, said the vaccine's indecision was a problem.

"Ironically," most parents in countries like New Zealand did not have any personal experience with the disease because vaccines would have transformed measles from a "constant threat to a rare event," Linkins said.

  Measles are virtually preventable by vaccination.

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Measles are almost completely preventable by vaccination.

"You have never seen a child suffer from serious lifelong complications or death from measles, and instead are exposed to misinformation about the risk of vaccination."

Up to thirty percent of people with measles develop complications, including possibly diarrhea, pneumonia, seizures and, in rare cases, brain swelling.

Auckland Regional Public Health Service announced the new cases on Thursday afternoon. Manukau County Health Department has experienced the most cases in the country for three consecutive weeks.

Data from the Institute of Environmental Sciences and Research showed at least 221 measles cases this week, which were confirmed nationwide this year.

Measles are one of the most contagious human diseases, global masseur Dr. has told Stuff .

Ear infections, which can lead to permanent hearing loss, are also potential complications.

Measles can also affect the immune system – but this is still under investigation, according to Linkins.

"This effect on the immune system can last from a few weeks to 2-3 years and we still learn a lot about this measles function."

The symptoms of measles include fever, cough, runny nose and aching red eyes.

After three to four days, a rash appears on the face and then spreads to the body.

Measles are almost completely preventable by two doses of the MMR vaccine (measles, mumps, rubella).

After one dose, 95 percent of people were protected from measles. After two doses more than 99 percent were protected.

MEASURES HELP:
* Healthline: Phone 0800 611 116
* Web Sites: Auckland Regional Public Health Service and the Ministry of Health.


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