The Health Directorate is warning of a measles outbreak at the Orana Steiner School:
The ACT Health Directorate has been notified of measles in students from the Orana Steiner School in Weston. Two confirmed cases were notified yesterday and investigations have led to the identification of further cases today.
The Chief Health Officer Paul Kelly has written to parents at the school today. “We are asking parents of students at Orana School to be alert to measles symptoms, exclude their child from school if they develop measles, seek urgent medical advice and contact the Directorate,” ACT Chief Health Officer, Dr Paul Kelly said.
“Health Protection Service (HPS) has begun contacting people believed to have been exposed recommending post exposure prophylaxis in line with national guidelines.
“Priority has been given to contacting the household and those most recently exposed contacts at GP surgeries and the Canberra Hospital . The guidelines require the Measles Mumps Rubella vaccine (MMR) to be given within 3 days or Normal Human Immunoglobulin (NHIG) within 6 days.
“Parents of any unvaccinated students in the same class as the students with measles are being asked to exclude their child from school until the end of next week,” the Chief Health Officer said.