Two more people have been diagnosed with the measles, in what is looking to be the worst measles outbreak in NSW in five years.
There have been 83 measles notifications in 2019 (correct as of April 5), compared to 103 for the whole of 2018.
The spike in cases has resulted in health authorities issuing warning and reminders to ensure that vaccines are up to date.
The disease can have serious and even fatal complications - particularly for vulnerable people, which has resulted in NSW Health Minister Greg Hunt announcing some more educational materials in an effort to encourage vaccines.
I am pleased to announce that the Australian Government has commissioned the independent and highly qualified Australian Academy of Science to work closely with measles experts to develop materials to raise awareness about measles amongst the community, with a particular focus on those most at risk of the disease such as travellers, and health professionals. The Australian Academy of Science will develop and distribute promotional material to raise awareness amongst individuals and health professionals about the risks of measles and the importance of being fully vaccinated against the disease.
The latest cases involve two travellers in their 20s, who were not vaccinated and are believed to have been exposed during a recent holiday in the Philippines.
They visited the following places while infectious:
- Saturday 30 March
- Scoot flight TR6, which departed Singapore on Friday 29 March and arrived at Coolangatta International Airport at 8:10am
- Travelled from Coolangatta International Airport to Pottsville via Uber
- Tuesday 2 April
- Visited shops in Pottsville and Cabarita, including IGA at Pottsville and Woolworths at Cabarita
- Wednesday 3 April
- Attended a Main Street Medical centre in Murwillumbah
- The Tweed Hospital Emergency Department
- Thursday 4 April
- The Tweed Hospital Emergency Department.