Infectious Diseases/Public HealthNotification

Under the Health Act 1956 certain  infectious diseases are required to be notified by
general practitioners to Auckland Regional Public Health Service.

Click here for a List of diseases notifiable to the Medical Officer of Health

Auckland PHO’s role in infectious disease and public health issues involves supporting Auckland Regional Public Health Service through the dissemination of information, and practices to carry out public health initiatives.

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Low vaccination rates are fuelling Auckland’s mumps outbreak. Auckland Regional Public Health Service (ARPHS) is concerned not enough young Aucklanders are immunised in the face of an unrelenting mumps outbreak.

The majority of cases are aged 10 to 29 years as this age group has had lower than average immunisation rates.  Around 80 percent of the current cases were not fully vaccinated.

Most people recover from mumps however some individuals can develop rare complications which we have already seen this year.  Parents are urged to check with their doctors to ensure their families’ measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccinations are up to date. Vaccination is free

If you are concerned about mumps please call Healthline for advice on 0800 611 116. Healthline has translation services available 24/7.



Following further research regarding the impact of Zika virus infection during pregnancy, the Ministry of Health has updated its advice for women who are pregnant or who plan to become pregnant in the near term and are considering travel to Zika-affected areas. This advice is in accord with that of the World Health Organisation.

The updated advice is as follows:

The Ministry of Health recommends that women who are pregnant or plan to become pregnant in the near term should defer travel to areas with Zika virus present. If travel is essential, if possible delay pregnancy if travelling to these areas.

This advice will be present on all Ministry websites and has been added to the Interim Guidance for Health Professionals document available here:

The Ministry of Health will continue to review New Zealand guidance as further information becomes available.


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