Measles Alert - 2 further notifications in the Sutherland Shire

12 October 2017

Important information for health professionals:

  1. Four cases of measles have been notified in Sutherland Shire residents in the past month, and further cases are likely to occur.

  2. Patients who present with a fever + rash (or fever + overseas travel history) should be IMMEDIATELY placed in a mask and isolated in a separate room.

  3. If you SUSPECT measles, ring the Public Health Unit on 1300 066 055 whilst the patient is with you, no matter what the time, and ask for the infectious diseases team.

  4.  The Public Health Unit will advise you about appropriate testing (and can facilitate this testing) and public health aspects of case management.

  5.  Please also ensure all practice staff are immune to measles: that they have records of 2 doses of a measles vaccine, OR evidence of previous measles infection OR are born before 1966.

Prof Mark Ferson, Public Health Unit, SESLHD, 11 October 2017.

Click here for media release regarding the measles alert from the South Eastern Sydney Public Health Unit. The patient visited areas of the Sutherland Shire between 30 September - 7 October.  Please provide this information to your GP's and nurses and also advise reception staff of the appropriate steps should a person present or ring your practice with symptoms of measles.

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