Brooklyn: An additional 25 measles cases reported

Modesto Morganelli
Marzo 15, 2019

Wrapped up in the outbreak is an anti-vaccination movement with proponents known as anti-vaxxers, who argue the measles, mumps and rubella or MMR vaccine causes autism even in the face of science that has debunked the claim.

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. "People who have had one dose of MMR in the past and people who have had a single measles vaccine are therefore considered to have a good level of protection".

In an era where, thanks to the success of vaccines, we are no longer familiar with these unsafe illnesses, some parents have come to fear the prevention more than the disease.

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

Those in the same places at the same times should look out for symptoms until March 21.

"If you develop symptoms, please call ahead to your GP to ensure you do not wait in the waiting room with other patients", Dr Sheppeard said.

"Its signs and symptoms include cough, runny nose, red eyes [or] conjunctivitis, fever, skin rashes lasting for more than 3 days", it added.

Australia is now at high risk of importing measles due to outbreaks of the disease in southeast Asia.

The Department of Health (DOH) reiterated its appeal to parents or guardians of preschool and grade school pupils to have the children vaccinated before school comes to a close.

Health authorities say there have been 27 confirmed and a further 20 suspected measles cases in Canterbury so far.

Wellington issued information sheets about the highly-contagious disease to early childhood centres and schools.

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

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

But the agency estimated that less than a tenth of the cases are reported to health authorities, and that the real number in 2018 exceeded two million.

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