Measles and rabies in Australia

A bat

In New South Wales, Australia, measles alerts have been issued, with eight measles cases having been reported to NSW Health over the past few weeks. Travel to Thailand, Sri Lanka and the Philippines have been implicated in some of the infections. Measles is highly contagious and can cause serious illness. Travellers should check their immunisation status for the disease six weeks before departure.

Also in Australia, bats and flying foxes have been adversely affected by heatwave conditions, which has led to some Sydney and Hunter region residents becoming injured while trying to rescue the animals. Being bitten by a bat or flying fox can expose people to rabies and so NSW Health is warning people not to touch them and to instead contact a wildlife group.