IMPORTANT UPDATE
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MEASLES IN ILLAWARRA AREA
Please distribute this information to all GPs and practice nurses – Thank you

 

Key Points

  1. One case in the Illawarra area with potential large exposures
  2. Consider measles in patients with fever, cough, coryza and conjunctivitis
  3. Secondary cases may occur


While the patient is with you, ring the Public Health Unit. We can assist with assessment, advice and contact tracing.

One new case of measles has been confirmed in the Illawarra area. During the patients infectious period from Friday 06/01/2017 to Thursday 12/01/2017 the patient worked at Dapto mall, attended a gym in Wollongong and visited a shopping mall in Warrawong.


1.  Consider Measles in patients who present with a febrile rash illness characterised by:

  • a prodromal illness for 2-4 days with fever, cough, coryza, conjunctivitis and possibly Koplik spots followed by
  • A maculopapular rash with fever that typically begins on face and neck and becomes generalised. It lasts between 4 to 7 days

Those most susceptible are people in their 20s, 30s or 40s (some adults born during or since 1966 have waning immunity because they have had only one dose of a measles-containing vaccine) and unimmunised children.
 

2.  If you suspect measles, telephone the Public Health Unit on 4221 6700 during the consultation. Secondary cases may occur and could expect to be seen from Friday 13/01/2017. Don’t wait for results before notifying. We can assist with assessment (including facilitating urgent testing), and contact tracing.

3.  Minimise transmission:

  • Be alert for new measles cases - make sure all staff, particularly your reception staff and nurses, have a high index of suspicion for patients presenting with a febrile rash illness
  • Ensure staff know to provide any patient with a febrile respiratory illness with a mask to wear as soon as they arrive in the surgery. Suspected measles cases should be isolated


4.  Check vaccination records for:

  • Your staff - All staff born during or since 1966 should have documentation of two doses of measles containing vaccine.Your patients - All patients born during or since 1966 should have received two doses of a measles-containing vaccine.
  • The MMR vaccine is free for all age groups. Travel medicine consultations are also an important opportunity to ensure measles immunity is up to date. 


Please call the Public Health Unit on 4221 6700 if you have any questions

Public Health Unit - Wollongong Office
Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District
Locked Bag 9, Wollongong NSW 2500
Level 1, 67-71 King Street, Warrawong NSW 2502
Tel (02) 4221 6700  Fax (02) 4221 6759