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MEASLES ALERT – Outbreak risk

Information for NSW General Practitioners

  1. Three cases of measles have been detected in Sydney in the last two weeks.
  2. More cases are likely in the coming weeks.
  3. Isolate suspected cases and call the public health unit if you suspect measles

Measles in NSW

  • Three cases of measles have been reported in Sydney since early December.
  • Whilst infectious the cases spent considerable time in the Sydney metropolitan area.
  • Infants who are too young to be vaccinated (<12 months), children, and adults who have not received two doses of measles containing vaccine are at risk of infection.
  • Be alert to travellers who may have been exposed in youth hostels – this population is likely highly mobile.
  • Suspect measles in people with fever and rash irrespective of travel history

How does measles present?

  • Two to four days of prodromal illness with fever, cough, coryza, and conjunctivitis.
  • A maculo-papular rash then typically begins on the face and neck and becomes generalised.
  • Measles cases are infectious from the day before the prodrome illness to 4 days after the onset of rash.

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