With more than 200 cases of the measles being reported this year, you'd be forgiven for questioning whether the disease really has been eliminated in New Zealand.

In 2017, the World Health Organization verified that New Zealand had "eliminated" endemic measles.

This means no measles cases had originated in New Zealand, rather they had all been brought in from overseas.

Professor of Public Health at the University of Otago Michael Baker said it did not mean that no one would ever get a case of the measles, but that there had been no occurrences of a transmission of measles lasting


Measles within New Zealand