Visitors to Sydney urged to receive measles vaccine
October 15, 2012, 4:25 pm TWN
TAIPEI -- The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said Sunday that people wishing to visit the Australian state of New South Wales, and the Sydney area in particular, should get a three-in-one vaccination against measles, mumps and rubella in light of one of the largest measles outbreaks in eastern Australia in over a decade.
Anyone wishing to visit the New South Wales region should visit a clinic 2-4 weeks prior to departure to consult with a doctor on whether to be immunized with the MMR vaccine for protection against measles, the CDC said in a statement.
New South Wales is experiencing one of the largest measles outbreaks in over a decade. It began in April, when an infected young adult returning to Australia from overseas and transmitted the virus to susceptible contacts, according to the CDC.
Since then, there have been cluster infections in a pediatrics ward in Sydney, several high schools and in the community, according to the CDC.