Thursday , May 6 2021

Aust is worried about the scarring of measles

This year there were more cases of measles than in 2017, and the Australian government encouraged people to become aware of the symptoms of contagious disease.

From April 5 this year there were 83 cases of measles compared to 103 throughout 2018 and 81 for the whole of 2017.

Health Minister Greg Hunt said 95 percent of the community should be vaccinated to achieve immunity and prevent the spread of the disease.

According to him, 93.5 percent of a two-year-old child received two doses of vaccine, which protects them.

"I am concerned about the recent increase in the number of measles in Australia and I want to make sure our community is well protected from this very serious illness," said Mr. Hunt in a statement Monday.

"Immunization saves lives. The measles vaccine is very effective in protecting life."

Due to the sudden increase in cases, Mr. Hunt ordered the Australian Academy of Sciences to work with the measles specialists to raise awareness of the disease.

Over the next few weeks, four videos will be released that will explain the disease and its symptoms, the availability of vaccination, and warn people traveling to countries where measles is high.

It comes on Sunday after NSW Health has released a fresh cervical warning after two unidentified Australians have been caught in a trip to Asia.

Two passengers, at the age of 20, were probably infected while in the Philippines in mid-March were bad before landing on the Golden Coast on March 30.

They visited stores in Pottsville and Cabarita in NSW's northern regions on April 2 before they sought medical help in Murwillumbah and Tweed's hospital the following day.

Since Christmas, NSW has recorded 33 cases of measles – a rate almost five times as high as two years before.

Australian Associated Press

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