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    Posted: September 01 2019 at 4:14pm
PerthNow: Travellers with babies urged to avoid Auckland as the government battles huge measles outbreak.
https://www.perthnow.com.au/news/world/travellers-with-babies-urged-to-avoid-auckland-as-the-government-battles-huge-measles-outbreak-ng-b881308312z
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Well spotted.

The advice not to travel with babies is due the fact that the vaccine is not usual given in the first year of life, and so they are very vulnerable.

Although, we as a family traveled to live on a third world country when our son was under 6 months, and he was the last of the family to get any stomach bugs. We put this down the the positive effect of breast feeding him.
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Potential measles outbreak in Byron Bay result of ‘irresponsible parents’
SEPTEMBER 9, 2019 9:04PM
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Health authorities are bracing themselves for a major measles outbreak in Byron Bay after a child returned from a trip to New Zealand carrying the highly contagious disease.
Reports of the child’s return have sparked fears of an epidemic in the Northern NSW town, where one in three children are not vaccinated, NZ Herald reports.

New Zealand is in the midst of a huge surge in measles cases, with almost 900 in Auckland, and more than 1100 confirmed cases notified across the country.


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Health authorities are preparing for a measles outbreak in Byron Bay. Source: Getty Images
The outbreak in New Zealand is being closely monitored in Australia, with doctors pleading with parents not to travel to countries dealing with outbreaks if anyone in their family is not immunised, The Daily Telegraphreported.

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One in three children are not vaccinated in the coastal community. Source: Supplied
Chair of the Northern NSW Local Health District, Dr Brian Pezzutti, said parents who take their unvaccinated children to disease-riddled nations are “simply irresponsible”.

“It’s irresponsible for the child to be exposed in the first place but then irresponsible to bring the child back into their own community,” Dr Pezzutti said.


“It’s all very well for the mothers’ groups to tut-tut, but there needs to be more pressure from the community to make sure these children are immunised.”

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New Zealand is in the grips of a serious outbreak that has affected more than 1000 people. Picture: iStock Source: istock
Local health authorities also sent kids who have been exposed to the potentially fatal disease to Byron Bay Hospital to be vaccinated.

Symptoms include cough, runny nose, inflamed eyes, red blotchy rash, and a fever, though some don’t appear until 10 to 14 days after exposure.

The disease is so contagious that 90 per cent of people exposed will become infected if they are not immunised.

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Health experts urge parents in the Byron Bay community to vaccinate their children. Source: istock
Dr Pezzutti said the Byron Bay community needed to encourage parents to vaccinate their kids.

“To see a perfectly healthy child go through encephalitis and end up with a non-functioning brain is a dreadful prospect.”

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