Nearly 40 people in Auckland have recently been diagnosed with the infectious measles disease.
Westlake Boys High School on Aucklands North Shore is one of the hardest hit communities with 20 ill students.
Several other Westlake Boys High pupils who have not been immunised against measles have been asked to stay away for the next two weeks.
Measles is a very serious disease that is highly contagious and can spread through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
The symptoms include fever, a cough, sore eyes and a rash. There is no treatment, and complications can be severe.
The Auckland Health Service has estimated that around 750 people are at immediate risk of catching the highly contagious disease.
Dr. Julia Peters said the Health Service had been working with the North Shore school for just over a week when the first case of measles was found there.
"This is definitely more than what we'd normally see. We're working hard to contain the measles within the Auckland region."
Dr. Peters said many people who had come down with the disease had recently been overseas and, in particular, in the Philippines.
The public health service has sent information to parents and students at Westlake Boys High and asked that those students who are not sure whether they have been immunised against measles to stay away.
"What we're trying to do is isolate those students as well as those who have measles, because students who are not immunised can get sick," she said.
Another seven cases of measles in Auckland are being investigated - three of them from the same school.
What to watch for Symptoms
* High fever.
* Runny nose, cough, red eyes.
* Small white spots inside mouth.
* Red, blotchy rash on face and neck and later over entire body.
WALT: Analysing an article
Task: Answer questions based on a Newspaper Article.
1) How do people contract measles?
People get measles By being close to people who have measles and not had the injechion
2) Why do you think so many students at Westlake High School have contracted measles?
I think that the people at westlake high have measles Because one person has got the measles and passed it on to the people who hasen’t got the injection
3) What is the Auckland Health Services main role in this measles outbreak?
To make sure the people that has got the measles don’t go away and pass it on
4) In the article Dr. Peters said “many people who had come down with the disease had recently been overseas and, in particular, in the Philippines.” Why do you think this is?
people in the Philippines must have the measles and gave it to them
5) In your opinion what would be the best way to avoid getting measles?
The best way to avoid the measles is to get the injection before you get the measles too!!!
Use the following criteria to assess yourself and your peer
Peer Assessment: I think you did great well done.