Te Whatu Ora has given an update on measles cases reportedly found in two Waikato children yesterday, stating further testing revealed they are in fact not positive for the disease.

The new diagnosis was confirmed after further testing of the two children was undertaken last night.

“The child had symptoms of measles and initial testing indicated a positive measles infection. The second probable case of measles has also returned a negative result,” Te Whatu Ora said in a statement.

“Both children are recovering well and are continuing to be supported by healthcare services.”

National Public Health Service Regional Clinical Director Dr William Rainger thanked the affected family who came forward to be tested once measles was suspected in their children.

“They did the right thing by calling Healthline for advice as soon as they were concerned for their children’s welfare,” he said.

“Through this family’s quick thinking and full cooperation from them and identified close contacts health services were able to manage the situation efficiently and reduce the risk for others.”

The negative tests means there are currently no known cases of measles spreading in the community.

Te Whatu Ora’s measles advice

Measles is a serious and highly contagious illness, which can affect adults as well as children and babies. The illness spreads easily among people who are not immunised.

The best protection against measles is two doses of the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine – this provides lifelong protection in 99% of people.

Being immunised not only protects you, but also those around you from becoming seriously ill and from spreading the disease to others. This includes friends, family and people in your community.

The MMR vaccine is free for anyone aged 18 and under, and those over the age of 18 who are eligible for free healthcare in New Zealand.

Contact your doctor, nurse, pharmacy or healthcare provider to book a vaccination appointment.

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