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Measles Nov 2019

//Measles Nov 2019

Measles Nov 2019

In 2019 there have now been 47 cases of confirmed measles notified in Victoria. Almost all cases are in people who are not fully immunised against measles, who have either travelled overseas or been in contact with travellers from overseas in Victoria. Many cases are people born since 1966 who believed they were fully immunised but who had not had two doses of MMR vaccine.

A large outbreak of measles continues to affect Asia, the Pacific Islands, Europe and America. The three most recent cases arrived from Samoa where there is a current outbreak. New Zealand is also experiencing a widespread outbreak of measles with over 2000 cases notified this year. Any overseas travel could lead to exposure to measles at the current time.

Anyone planning overseas travel should ensure they have received vaccinations appropriate to travel.

Infants as young as six months of age can receive free MMR vaccine prior to travel overseas.

Be alert for measles in patients presenting with a fever at rash onset, particularly if they were overseas or visited detailed sites 7-18 days prior to onset of illness.

WHAT IS MEASLES?

Measles is a contagious viral illness that causes a skin rash and fever. Serious and sometimes fatal complications include pneumonia and encephalitis (brain inflammation).

The signs and symptoms of measles may include, fever, general discomfort, illness or lack of wellbeing (malaise), runny nose, dry cough, sore and red eyes (conjunctivitis), red and bluish spots inside the mouth (Koplik’s spots), red and blotchy skin rash that appears first on the face and hairline, and then spreads to the body.

WHERE TO GET HELP

– Your doctor – PLEASE CALL BEFORE ATTENDING AND STATE YOU SUSPECT MEASLES. RECEPTION WILL GIVE YOU INSTRUCTIONS!
– In an emergency, always call triple zero (000)
– Emergency department of your nearest hospital
– Local government immunisation service
– Maternal and Child Health Line (24 hours) Tel. 132 229
– NURSE-ON-CALL Tel. 1300 60 60 24 – for expert health information and advice (24 hours, 7 days)
– Immunisation Program, Department of Health & Human Services, Victorian Government Tel. 1300 882 008
– National Immunisation Information Line Tel. 1800 671 811
– Pharmacist
– SAEFVIC Tel. 1300 882 924 – the line is attended between 10 am and 3.30 pm and you can leave a message at all other times

November 26th, 2019|Clinic News|