Measles case confirmed in infant traveller too young to be vaccinated

10 February 2020

An infant traveller from overseas has become the 10th confirmed case of measles in NSW this year. The infant, who was too young to receive their routine measles vaccine, spent time in Randwick, Eastgardens and Coogee while infectious, before the diagnosis was suspected. Time period of concern: 29 January to 3 February 2020. A list of locations visited by the infant while they were infectious can be found in the SESLHD media release.

People in the same locations at the same time as the infant should be alert for signs and symptoms of measles until 21 February 2020, as it can take up to 18 days for symptoms to develop following exposure. The sites listed pose no ongoing risk to the public.

Infants, pregnant women and people with weakened immune systems are encouraged to contact their local public health unit on 1300 066 055 for advice, to determine whether they require protective antibody treatment.

Measles is extremely infectious, and anyone born during or after 1966 needs to ensure that they have received two doses of measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine. MMR vaccine is safe and highly effective, with two doses providing lifelong protection in 99 out of 100 people who are vaccinated. MMR vaccine is provided free in NSW for individuals born during or after 1966. 

Post-exposure prophylaxis 

Measles vaccine may help prevent measles in unvaccinated people if given within 72 hours of an exposure to a measles case, and another treatment (immunoglobulin) can be given for unvaccinated people at higher risk of measles complications up to six days after exposure. Highly susceptible people should contact the public health unit on 1300 066 055 to discuss preventive treatments after exposure. 

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