Anti-vax heartland Byron Bay runs the risk of a deadly epidemic after a local child visited New Zealand and returned with measles
- The warning came after a child contracted the disease during a trip to New Zealand
- The child returned to Byron Bay where one in three children has not been vaccinated
- Doctors beg residents to immunize children before they go abroad
Authorities are bracing themselves for a major outbreak of measles in Byron Bay.
A child from the heart of the anti-vax got the highly contagious disease in New Zealand before returning home and fearing that an epidemic could now occur.
In Bryon Bay, a surfing city in the north, NSW, one in three children has not been vaccinated.
Doctors beg their parents not to travel to countries that treat outbreaks if someone in their family is not immunized, the Daily Telegraph reported.
Authorities brace themselves for an outbreak of measles in the small anti-vaxxer capital of Australia (stock image)
New Zealand is in the midst of the worst measles outbreak in a decade, with more than 1,000 reported this year.
Dr. Brian Pezzutti, president of the Northern NSW Local Health District, said that parents who take their unvaccinated children to countries with riddles that & # 39; just irresponsibly & # 39; to be.
& # 39; It is irresponsible that the child is first exposed and then irresponsible to bring the child back into his own community & # 39 ;, said Dr. Pezzutti.
& # 39; It is all very good for mother groups to teach, but there must be more pressure from the community to ensure that these children are immunized. & # 39;
The child then returned to the community in Byron Bay – a small town in northern New South Wales where one in three children has not been vaccinated (stock image)
There was a suspicion of measles at the Byron Bay Preschool Cavanbah Center on Thursday, but the case was not confirmed.
Local health authorities also sent children who were exposed to the potentially fatal disease to Byron Bay Hospital to vaccinate.
Measles are spread through the air by drops of cough or sneeze.
Symptoms include cough, runny nose, inflamed eyes, red blotchy rash, and fever, although some appear only 10 to 14 days after exposure.
The disease is so contagious that 90 percent of exposed people become infected if they are not immunized.
There was a suspicion of measles at the Byron Bay Preschool Cavanbah Center on Thursday, but the case was not confirmed (photo: Byron Bay)
Up to a third of people with measles have complications.
These include ear infections, diarrhea, pneumonia, convulsions or convulsions.
One in 1,000 people with measles develops encephalitis – swelling of the brain – which can lead to permanent brain damage or death.
Dr. Pezzutti said the Byron Bay community should stand up and encourage parents to vaccinate their children.
& # 39; Seeing a perfectly healthy child go through encephalitis and end up with a non-functioning brain is a terrible prospect. & # 39;
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