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IPU measles outbreak at an end

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A measles outbreak which began at Palmerston North’s IPU (New Zealand) in early February, and resulted in seven confirmed cases, is now considered to be over.

MidCentral Medical Officer of Health Dr Rob Weir said it was now 23 days since the onset of the most recent case having contact exposure of concern, and further cases are very unlikely.

“The outbreak is now considered to be over.”

 “As at 9 March there were a total of seven confirmed cases of measles associated with the IPU (New Zealand). All are epidemiologically linked.”

Dr Weir said: “I would like to acknowledge the excellent support provided by the IPU community, Central Primary Health Organisation, MedLab and by our GP teams. This has helped us to contain the outbreak, and bring it to an end in a timely manner.

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