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  •   Home > News > Sports > Rugby League

    Tongan mumps NZ's responsibility: MPs

    Tongan rugby league players could have taken Auckland's mumps home with them and the government should take responsibility, two opposition MPs say.

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    A mumps outbreak in Tonga could have started in Auckland and the government should take responsibility, two opposition MPs say.

    Shane Reti and Alfred Ngaro believe Tongan and other Pacific Island rugby league players at the recent world championship could have been exposed to mumps while they were in Auckland.

    They're upset because when Health Minister David Clark was asked about it he said individual countries were responsible for their own immunisation regimes.

    "There are currently 1600 recorded cases in Tonga," they said in a joint statement.

    "Is the minister saying that the complications of this disease such as deafness, sterility and meningitis don't matter in Pacific Island people?"

    The MPs thinks the government should offer advice to Tonga and help with its vaccination programme.

    "The minister is displaying an appalling lack of responsibility," they said.


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