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Two More Children Have Measles From Emirates Flight

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Wellington, Jan 26 NZPA - Two more children have been confirmed with measles after being exposed to the disease on an Emirates flight from Brisbane to Auckland.

The Auckland Regional Public Health Service (ARPHS) today confirmed two more cases, adding to four reported last week, and said there were likely to be further cases.

"All six cases are children ranging in age from five to 16. One was hospitalised due to the severity of illness," medical officer of health Richard Hoskins said.

Measles was a "nasty disease" and one in 10 people with the disease needed hospital treatment, he said.

Dr Hoskins said the children "almost certainly" caught the measles on the EK434 flight on January 11, as the disease was easily transmitted from one person to another through air, for example, while walking past passengers, or waiting in the airport lounge.

"The only way to protect from measles and its complications is to be fully vaccinated. My plea would be for parents and families to check that their children's immunisations are up-to-date."

Any passenger experiencing symptoms should call their doctor or Healthline on 0800 611-116 for advice.

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