Measles Alert - Outbreak risk

Information for NSW General Practitioners

19 December 2016

  1. Three cases of measles have been detected in Sydney in the last two weeks.
  2. More cases are likely in the coming weeks.
  3. Isolate suspected cases and call the public health unit if you suspect measles.
  4. Measles containing vaccines (MMR) are safe and available free in NSW for those born during or after 1966 who have not previously had two documented doses.

Measles in NSW

  • Whilst infectious the cases spent considerable time in the Sydney metropolitan area.
  • Infants who are too young to be vaccinated (<12 months), children, and adults who have not received two doses of measles containing vaccine are at risk of infection.
  • Measles containing vaccines (MMR) are safe and available free in NSW for those born during or after 1966 who have not previously had two documented doses.
  • Be alert to travellers who may have been exposed in youth hostels – this population is likely highly mobile.
  • Suspect measles in people with fever and rash irrespective of travel history

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