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Dr. Vicky Sheppeard

Director, Health Protection NSW


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Level 21 McKell Building 2-24 Rawson Place

Sydney, New South Wales 2000


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We help meet New South Wales' health needs by managing the planning, design and delivery of health infrastructure capital works. We do so by uniting the skills and resources of the construction and health industries to deliver world-class infrastructure a ... more

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Director, Communicable Diseases

Centre for Health Protection

Liverpool Hospital

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Dr Vicky Sheppeard, Director of Communicable Diseases at NSW Health, says people on that flight should watch out for symptoms such as fever, tiredness, runny nose, cough and sore red eyes. Symptoms could be expected to appear any time between August 30 and September 10.

So far this year eight measles-infected travellers have arrived in NSW, while measles cases linked to international travellers have also been reported in Melbourne and Brisbane.
In Victoria, 10 cases of measles were detected in just three weeks.
A Melbourne man has been linked to four cases in Victoria and one in Queensland after his diagnosis earlier this month prompted health alerts in both states.

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Dr Vicky Sheppeard, Director of Communicable Diseases at NSW Health said that measles is highly contagious among people who are not fully immunised.

"Measles is highly infectious and is spread through coughing and sneezing. Symptoms can include fever, tiredness, runny nose, cough and sore red eyes which usually last for several days before a red, blotchy rash appears. Complications can range from an ear infection and diarrhoea to pneumonia or swelling of the brain," Dr Sheppeard said.
She advised that the three young men (aged 25 - 35 years) have recently spent time in Earlwood, Hurlstone Park, Alexandria and Waterloo, while potentially infectious with measles. The men also visited local medical centres in Rozelle, Croydon, Rockdale as well as the Royal Prince Alfred Emergency Department while infectious during the past week.
The time from exposure to the onset of symptoms is typically around 10 days but can be as long as 21 days, so there may be other cases in the community now or people who will be developing symptoms over the next few weeks.
Dr Sheppeard advised parents of infants or other people who aren't fully vaccinated against measles to be on the lookout for symptoms of measles.
"If symptoms develop please phone ahead when seeking medical attention to ensure you don't share the waiting area with other patients," Dr Sheppeard said.

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Dr Vicky Sheppeard, Director of NSW Health's Communicable Diseases Branch, said five bats had been confirmed as having lyssavirus in NSW this year. "We are concerned that with the start of the bat birthing season people may pick up or attempt to rescue young and miscarried pups that may be on the ground," Dr Sheppeard said. "Evidence of infection in several bats this year highlights the importance of avoiding bat bites and scratches. Lyssavirus infection can result in a rabies-like illness which is very serious and, if not prevented, fatal. "There have been three cases of lyssavirus in humans in Australia - all in Queensland - and all three people died." Dr Sheppeard said the best protection against exposure to lyssavirus and rabies was to avoid handling any bat in Australia, and any wild or domestic mammal in a rabies-endemic country - including bats, wild or domestic dogs, cats and monkeys. "You should always assume that all bats and flying foxes are infectious, regardless of whether the animal looks sick," she said. "Only people who have been fully vaccinated against rabies (which protects against all lyssaviruses), use protective equipment, and have been trained in bat handling should touch bats." Dr Sheppeard said if someone was bitten or scratched by any type of bat they should immediately clean the wound thoroughly for at least five minutes with soap and water, apply an antiseptic such as Betadine and seek urgent medical advice. "A series of injections to protect against lyssavirus infection may be required and, if so, the first two need to be given as soon as possible. It is important you seek advice from your GP or local public health unit regarding treatment," Dr Sheppeard said.

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The director of communicable diseases for NSW Health, Dr Vicky Sheppeard, said that in recent years the incidence of some diseases preventable by vaccine, such as measles, had been higher in high-school-age children than in younger children.

"All recent measles outbreaks in NSW have tended to affect high-school children rather than primary-school children," she said.

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NSW Health's Director Communicable Diseases, Dr Vicky Sheppeard, said when flu was introduced to aged care facilities it was difficult to control as flu vaccination was not as effective in the elderly. "Nevertheless, as older people are particularly susceptible to contracting the flu it's important they have the vaccination every year to reduce the risk of hospitalisation and death," Dr Sheppeard said. "So far this year we've had 79 outbreaks in residential aged care facilities, affecting around 942 staff and residents, with 45 associated deaths reported in elderly residents with significant underlying illness. It's important that friends and family who may have the flu stay away from these facilities while they are unwell to help prevent the spread of the virus." Dr Sheppeard said all pregnant women were also strongly advised to have the influenza vaccination to reduce the health risks to themselves and their babies. "Pregnant women who get influenza are at greater risk of developing serious complications, such as pneumonia, which may result in their hospitalisation," Dr Sheppeard said. "Children born to vaccinated mothers also have a reduced risk of contracting influenza in the first six months of life. Dr Sheppeard said while influenza presentations at emergency departments continue to increase each week, the NSW Health system was well prepared to manage the cases. "The NSW Ministry of Health, Local Health Districts and NSW Ambulance work together to manage surges in demand and improve the transfer of care times for patients during peak periods at hospital emergency departments," Dr Sheppeard said.

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