Aussies contracting measles in SE Asia


In the past month, four West Australian residents have returned from holidays in South East Asia infected with measles.

The cases are unconnected and had recorded travel to either Bali, Thailand or Malaysia.

New South Wales (NSW) Health also recorded four measles cases in March following travel that included Pakistan, India and The Philippines. Two of these cases were infants, which prompted the department’s Director of Communicable Diseases to issue the following advice: “Families taking young infants to Asia are also urged to discuss vaccination with their GP before they travel, as the measles vaccine can be given earlier than the first birthday if they are likely to be exposed to measles while travelling.”

Advice to travellers generally is to check their immunisation status for measles and other childhood diseases at least six weeks before departing.