Measles warning following contraction by international traveller

5 January 2017 

NSW Health have advised of a measles warning following contraction by an international traveller on a Virgin Australia Airlines flight from Denpasar, Bali to Sydney arriving 7.40 am on 1 January 2017. The woman also visited the Sutherland Hospital Emergency Department in the late morning of 4 January while infectious.

GPs are reminded to be alert to the symptoms:

  • Ensure all practice staff are immune to measles (i.e. birth date before 1966; two doses of vaccine; or presence of measles IgG in blood).
  • Isolate immediately any patient who presents to the surgery with fever and rash or fever and recent overseas travel history and if possible arrange to see suspected cases at the end of the day or at home.
  • Notify the Public Health Unit by phone at the time you have the patient in the surgery – 1300 066 055 at any time – and they can give advice on testing and contact management whilst the patient is still with you.

Anyone born after 1965 should have two doses of measles containing vaccine (MMR) at least four weeks apart. NSW Health offers free MMR vaccine through GPs for people born after 1965 with no record of having received two doses.

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