Both of the new
cases were in young men who were unsure if they had been vaccinated against
measles in the past. They had visited a number of locations in Dubbo, Walgett,
Parkes and Wagga Wagga while infectious:
Base Hospital Emergency Department on Monday 29 April between 12:20pm and
petrol station, Walgett on Friday 26 April (in the afternoon) and Monday 29
April (in the morning)
Orana Mall, Dubbo, at dinnertime on Friday 26 April
Motel, Whylandra Street, Dubbo overnight on Friday 26 April and Sunday 28 April
petrol station, Forbes Rd, Parkes on Saturday 27 April at lunchtime
Motel, Plumpton Rd, Wagga Wagga overnight on Saturday 27 April
Wagga Boat Club, Plumpton Rd, Wagga Wagga on Saturday 27 April between 6:00pm
restaurant, Fay Ave, Kooringal (Wagga Wagga) on Sunday 28 April in the morning
Spirit Aged Care, Tony McGrane Place, Dubbo on Sunday 28 April between 4:30pm
Director of Communicable Diseases Vicky Sheppeard said none of the locations
visited by the men pose an ongoing risk.
who may be susceptible to measles and were at the same locations at the same
time as the men should be alert for signs and symptoms of measles until 18 May 2019,
as it can take up to 18 days for symptoms to appear following exposure to a
person with measles.
watch out for include fever, sore eyes and a cough followed three or four days
later by a red, spotty rash that spreads from the head to the rest of the
body,” Dr Sheppeard said.
highly contagious and is spread in the air through coughing or sneezing by
someone who is unwell with the disease.
develops symptoms of measles should phone their GP to ensure they don’t wait
alongside other patients before seeing their doctor.”
before 1966 are likely to have had measles as a child and are considered
immune. For people born during or after 1966, the best protection against
measles is receiving two doses of measles vaccine.”
measles-mumps-rubella vaccine is safe and provides effective protection against
measles,” she said.
“It’s 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 safe to have another.”
While the risk
of infection is low in fully-vaccinated people, health experts urge anyone who
comes into contact with someone who has measles to remain alert for symptoms.
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.
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
information on measles visit: https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/measles/Pages/key-facts.aspx