Spread of measles in Auckland develops the threat of its spread in the entire nation of New Zealand. Around 64 cases of measles had been recorded in the region, the west Auckland being affected the most.
The Auckland Regional Public Health Service (ARPHS) revealed that 8 people were kept in isolation, as they were not immunized against the disease and had contracted the disease at Titirangi Private Kindergarten, Avondale College, Whakaaranga School and Auckland Academy of Dance.
The health departments found that some people were partially immunized and some were not immunized at all. ARPHS records revealed that there may be some people who had contracted the disease inspite of receiving immunizations against the disease.
The ARPHS had found 400 people who had come in contact with people suffering with measles, after the declarations of the epidemic. Medical Officer of Health, Dr Richard Hoskins, suggested that the closure of the schools could help prevent the further spread of the disease. Moreover, the children and adults should get themselves vaccinated against the disease as soon as possible.
The main reason of the spread of the disease was believed to be from Oratia Primary School, and the other potential reason was claimed to be the a Thai Airways flight, TG491, which landed in Auckland on June 19 with a passenger suffering from the early stages of the infection.