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Suspected measles case at Palmerston North Girls’ High School closes school for Friday 3 June

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Palmerston North Girls’ High School will be closed today (3 June) after a person suspected of having measles was present at the school last week. The school’s decision has been made in consultation with MidCentral Public Health Service and is a necessary precaution to prevent the spread of measles in their school community. Laboratory results are expected late tomorrow, which will confirm or rule out the diagnosis.  
On advice from the Public Health Service, students and teachers who were present at the school on 26th, 27th and 30th of May have been asked to stay home in isolation for today. A further update will be provided to the school community by Public Health on Friday evening. 
From the end of March 2016 to 1 June 2016 there has been a total of 51 confirmed measles cases reported in New Zealand. Approximately 16% of cases in this national outbreak have required hospital admission.
The best protection against measles is vaccination and it is free for those who need it. You can protect both yourself and the community by getting vaccinated – two doses of the measles vaccine (MMR) is all you need to protect yourself, your family and your community. 
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