infant, who is under 12 months of age, was infectious while on Cebu Pacific
flight 5J 41 - which arrived from Manila at Sydney International Airport at
09:50am - and developed a measles rash a few days after.
While the risk of infection is low in
fully-vaccinated people, anyone on this flight and at Sydney International Airport around
the arrival time, including
at baggage carousels and in customs areas, are advised to watch for symptoms over
the next two weeks, as it can take up to 18 days
for symptoms to appear following exposure to a person with measles.
latest case of the highly contagious disease has pushed the total number of
people in NSW diagnosed with measles to 35 this year (42 since Christmas 2018).
infectious, the infant also visited:
Family Practice, Wednesday 29 May, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Hospital Emergency Department, Wednesday 29 May, between 10:00pm and 11:30pm,
and Friday 31 May, between 05:30pm and 07:00pm.
Health’s Communicable Diseases Branch Acting Director Dr Sean Tobin said while
these sites do not pose any ongoing risk to the public, the local public health
unit is working to identify other people who were present when the infant
attended and who may be highly susceptible to measles.
People in these Central
Coast locations at the same time, who may be highly susceptible to measles such
- Children under the age of 12 months,
- people with a weakened immune system (e.g.
from cancer therapy or high dose steroid use),
- pregnant women,
their local public health unit on 1300 066 055, as preventive injections can be
administered to people up to 6 days after exposure, for highly susceptible
All people who were
at the same locations at the same time as the infant should be alert for signs
and symptoms of measles until 18 June.
do develop symptoms, please call ahead to your GP so you do not wait in the
waiting room with other patients,” Dr Tobin, said.
include fever, sore eyes and a cough followed three or four days later by a
red, blotchy rash spreading from the head and neck to the rest of the body. Measles
can be spread in the air through coughing or sneezing by someone who is unwell
with the disease.
of measles in popular tourist destinations means the risk for measles being
imported into Australia at the moment is high.
Health urges everyone to ensure they are fully vaccinated before heading
overseas. Infants under 12 months of age can receive their first measles
vaccine as early as six months old to protect them when they travel.
measles-mumps-rubella vaccine is safe and effective protection against
measles,” Dr Tobin said.
free for anyone born during or after 1966 who hasn’t already had two doses. If
you’re unsure whether you’ve had two doses, it’s quite safe to have another.”
Protecting children from potentially deadly
diseases is a key priority for the NSW Government, which has invested
approximately $130 million in the 2018-19 Immunisation Program budget,
including Commonwealth and state vaccines.
latest Annual Immunisation Coverage Report shows vaccination rates in NSW are
at their highest level ever, with more than 95 per cent of five-year-olds
vaccinated against measles.
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