Measles Misinformation Draws The Attention Of Canada's Chief Public Health Officer

Department of Health

The initial child with measles was unvaccinated and acquired measles on a visit to Israel, where a large outbreak of the disease is occurring.

The woman, aged in her 20s, developed the measles rash after arriving in Sydney from Bali on Qantas flight QF44 about 6.30am on February 21.

Health officials are advising those on the flight, in the Sydney global terminal and visitors to the Opera House later that day to remain on the lookout for measles signs and symptoms until March 16.

New York City health officials say a child should get a measles vaccine on or after their first birthday.

As the time from exposure to the onset of symptoms is between a week and 18 days, people should look out for symptoms until March 29. "I'd like to thank the increasing number of people who are staying isolated after being potentially exposed".

Preventive injections can be given to highly-susceptible people up to six days after exposure to measles.

"If you develop symptoms please call ahead to your GP so you do not wait in the waiting room with other patients", NSW Health director Vicky Sheppeard said.

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The first symptoms of measles include a fever, cough, runny nose and sore, watery pink eyes, followed by a blotchy rash.

Outbreaks of measles in popular tourist destinations, particularly the Philippines, means the risk for measles being imported into Australia remains high.

Clark County Public Health identified one new confirmed case of measles Tuesday.

Measles is a highly contagious respiratory disease caused by a virus which can be transferred from person-to-person by sneezing, coughing, and close personal contact, the DOH noted.

"How we talk to parents who have questions about vaccines can have a direct effect on improving their confidence and supporting them in getting their children vaccinated", Tam says in her statement.

Drug-buying agency Pharmac said national stocks of the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine were at "normal" levels for this time of year.

The Canterbury District Health Board says it has to prioritise the most vulnerable.

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