Spike in Auckland measles cases the worst since outbreak started

A spike in measles cases this week is the worst since the outbreak started, Auckland Regional Public Health Service said.

Measles, mumps and rubella vaccines sitting in a cooler. Source: Associated Press

In the past week, there has been 81 new cases.

ARPHS advised people to make sure they have had the MMR vaccination, pointing out in a tweet it's free for under 50 year olds.

"Protect yourself and protect others," they advised.

As of midday, the total number of cases in Auckland this year was 456.