The number of measles cases confirmed in New Zealand is now scarily past the 1000 mark.

The vast majority of those — at least 881 at the time of writing — are in Auckland, and the majority of those are in the Counties Manukau DHB area.

While the outbreak has not officially been labelled a crisis, the fear and anxiety are palpable, especially as harrowing personal stories emerge.


And, with several adults and children hospitalised from the disease - including one or two critically ill - medical professionals fear it is only a matter of time before there is