Canterbury measles cases hit 28 as thousands of vaccine doses delivered

Department of Health

However, the report warned that outbreaks stemming from people bringing the disease into the country continue to take place, highlighting the need to "remain vigilant until measles is eradicated worldwide".

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. This is followed by a blotchy rash.

Health officials are advising those on the flight, in the Sydney worldwide terminal and visitors to the Opera House later that day to remain on the lookout for measles signs and symptoms until March 16.

Measles is a viral infection that is serious for small children but is easily preventable by a vaccine.

As the time from exposure to the onset of symptoms is between a week and 18 days, people should look out for symptoms until March 29.

TUHS has stated that throughout the outbreak they will be taking several steps, including "updating and educating the campus community; treating and educating anyone who presents symptoms; and identifying individuals who have been in close contact with symptomatic individuals and recommending that they receive the Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccine".

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


If you think you may have been exposed to measles or have symptoms, please call your general practice first, 24/7.

Australia is now at high risk of importing measles due to outbreaks of the disease in southeast Asia. Some parents may question, hesitate or delay vaccinating their children for a variety of reasons, but they all want to protect their children from harm.

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

Measles is highly contagious and is spread in the air through coughing or sneezing by someone who is unwell with the disease.

"We are also very aware that one MMR vaccine does provide 95 per cent coverage for our population".

Canterbury's medical officer of health has described measles as "the most contagious virus known to humankind".

The confirmed cases include cases at two schools.

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