Health officials say a total of five pregnant women had become infected with the illness

Two unborn babies have died after their mothers contracted measles amidst the worst outbreak of the illness in New Zealand in two decades.

The deaths were announced by the Auckland regional public health service on Tuesday, who said overall five pregnant women had contracted the illness in the region, and two had lost unborn babies.

Dr Karen Bartholomew, director of health outcomes for the Waitematā and Auckland district health boards, told a media conference although it could not be certain the foetuses died due to the illness, their mothers were undergoing treatment after contracting measles.


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