Video: Measles is on the rise
Measles can be fatal – but is totally preventable. So why are we still seeing cases in Australia, after the World Health Organization announced Australia had eliminated measles in 2014?
Last Reviewed: 29/08/2018
Video: Measles - global outbreak
It’s predicted Australia may have 300 infections of measles in 2019, but endemic measles was eliminated in 2014. So why the increase in measles infections now?
Measles is a highly contagious viral disease which mainly affects children. Children who get measles typically have a fever, sore throat, spots in the mouth and a generalised skin rash. There can be serious complications from measles. Fortunately, it is now rare in developed nations due to the measles vaccine.
Travel immunisations are important in pre-trip planning to certain countries. Vaccinations that travellers may need include tetanus and diphtheria, hepatitis A and B, and typhoid vaccinations.
Measles: what you need to know
Measles is a very infectious and potentially serious illness that is caused by a type of virus called paramyxovirus. It is spread from person to person by coughing, sneezing or sometimes kissing.
Measles is a highly infectious disease caused by a virus. It is most common in children and is spread by coughing, sneezing or sometimes kissing. Find out what products are available for measles.