Sydney measles outbreak

A traveller returning from Indonesia has seen a spike in the number of measles cases in NSW. The total number of cases for 2017 is now at 22, with 16 of them linked to this most recent Easter weekend outbreak in western Sydney.

Those affected range in age from newborn to 56 years old. All but one of the affected persons were not immunised against the disease; the other person was partially immunised, having only received the first dose.

Areas such as western Sydney are particularly susceptible, with a higher population of immigrants who may not have had access to the MMR vaccine which is available for free under the Australian Government’s vaccination scheme. Predictably, this has re-sparked vaccination debates.

Caroline Xue

Read more from The Australian and an update from Sky News, or find out more about the National Immunisation Program Schedule.

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