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Hip Hop brings the pox (measles) back to Canberra

By 9 January 2014 11

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The Chief Health Officer is warning that measles has been brought to Canberra through the ‘World Supremacy Battlegrounds’ Hip Hop dance competition:

“The dance competition is the likely source of infection and ACT Health is aware of other cases across Australia and New Zealand who had also attended the event,” Dr Paul Kelly said.

“We’re advising anyone who attended the dance competition or anyone potentially exposed to the ACT case to seek medical advice if they develop symptoms.

“People who may have been exposed to the ACT case include:

– Anyone who attended Calwell High School on Thursday 19 and Friday 20 December 2013;

– Anyone who was at the Harem Turkish Restaurant in Kingston from 6.30pm on Thursday 19 December 2013; and

– Anyone who visited the Capital Chemist in Kingston on Friday 20 December 2013 after 4.00pm.

“The symptoms of measles may include fever, tiredness, runny nose, sore eyes and a cough, followed by a rash which appears 2-7 days later. People generally develop symptoms 7-18 days after being exposed to a person with infectious measles, with 10 days being more common. People are infectious from 5 days before they develop a rash until 4 days after,” Dr Paul Kelly said.

“Measles is a serious disease and is highly contagious among people who are not fully immunised. The virus is spread from an infectious person during coughing and sneezing or through direct contact with secretions from the nose or mouth.

“I’ve also written to GP’s today encouraging immunisation of those who are susceptible to measles, and seeking the testing and urgent notification of individuals who present with measles symptoms.

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11 Responses to Hip Hop brings the pox (measles) back to Canberra
#1
Persephone1:25 pm, 09 Jan 14

Thank goodness my family is all proudly vaccinated. No dirty hippies in this family.

#2
Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd12:49 am, 10 Jan 14

Persephone said :

Thank goodness my family is all proudly vaccinated. No dirty hippies in this family.

Yup yup.

A
L anti vaccers need to be thrown in gaol for attempted murder.

#3
EvanJames8:29 am, 10 Jan 14

Adults who were vaccinated at the usual time, as kids, still have immunity I hope? Unlike whopping cough which requires updates.

#4
NoAddedMSG9:59 am, 10 Jan 14

EvanJames said :

Adults who were vaccinated at the usual time, as kids, still have immunity I hope? Unlike whopping cough which requires updates.

I’d be checking with your doctor on that one, because I’ve just had the MMR vaccination again at the encouragement of my doctor, even though I had it as a teenager. Someone in that medical practice must have a crystal ball, because they have been on a campaign to get their adult patients to get MMR vaccinations again.

#5
towerofsoup10:15 am, 10 Jan 14

NoAddedMSG said :

EvanJames said :

Adults who were vaccinated at the usual time, as kids, still have immunity I hope? Unlike whopping cough which requires updates.

I’d be checking with your doctor on that one, because I’ve just had the MMR vaccination again at the encouragement of my doctor, even though I had it as a teenager. Someone in that medical practice must have a crystal ball, because they have been on a campaign to get their adult patients to get MMR vaccinations again.

I just had mine done again – it was bulk billed for some reason, so, yay. Had to have blood tests, but was still immune to measles and mumps, but not rhubella!

#6
Pork Hunt10:19 am, 10 Jan 14

EvanJames said :

Adults who were vaccinated at the usual time, as kids, still have immunity I hope? Unlike whopping cough which requires updates.

I had a whopping cough once, almost needed to update my underpants…

#7
Deref11:23 am, 10 Jan 14

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd said :

L anti vaccers need to be thrown in gaol for attempted murder.

Hear, hear. Now if only there was a vaccination against hip hop.

#8
Mothy11:58 am, 10 Jan 14

Meanwhile Hooping Cough at a Harrison School.

Herd Immunity breaking down with the number of unvaccinated. Good on you, anti-vaxers.

#9
Woody Mann-Caruso12:30 pm, 10 Jan 14

Mothy said :

Herd Immunity breaking down with the number of unvaccinated.

You misspelled ‘God’s richly-deserved plague for the gay marriage thing’.

#10
Nylex_Clock1:45 pm, 10 Jan 14

EvanJames said :

Unlike whopping cough which requires updates.

Mothy said :

Meanwhile Hooping Cough at a Harrison School.

Nylex_Clock said :

If only the successful publication of each attempt at posting were conditional on a quick literacy check…

#11
sepi5:39 pm, 10 Jan 14

If you were vaccinated as a child in the 70s you should go and have another MMR injection. Back then the rule was one MMR injection, now the recommendation is that each person should have two MMR injections to be fully covered against measles.

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