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PUBLIC HEALTH ALERT – MEASLES CASE ON THE MID NORTH COAST (17/01/17)

The North Coast Public Health Unit has been notified of a case of measles in the Macleay Valley and anticipates that other cases may emerge over coming days. The person acquired the infection overseas, and developed measles symptoms after returning home.

Anyone in the Port Macquarie or Kempsey areas who is not protected against measles should be alert for symptoms, particularly those who were at the Majestic Cinema in Port Macquarie on Sunday 8 January, Barnett’s Bakery in Kempsey on Monday 9 January, Kempsey District Hospital Emergency Department on Thursday 12 or Friday 13 January or Tristar Medical Centre in Kempsey on Friday 13 January 2017.

Measles 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.

People born during or after 1966 who do not have two documented doses of MMR vaccine should contact their local health provider for vaccination advice. People born before 1966 are usually immune because they had measles during childhood. The MMR vaccine is free to people born during or after 1966.

Anyone with symptoms of measles should contact their General Practitioner in advance before arriving for assessment to ensure they can be isolated from other patients.

For more information on measles, please go to the NSW Ministry of Health website. If you are concerned you may be at risk of measles, phone the North Coast Public Health Unit on 1300 066 055.

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ABOUT THE NORTH COAST PUBLIC HEALTH UNIT

North Coast Public Health incorporates HIV and Related Program (HARP) Services and the North Coast Public Health Unit (NCPHU). These services are primarily responsible for, and engage in, the delivery of public health services in accordance with relevant legislation and in response to emerging public health issues.

North Coast Public Health services are managed and funded via the Mid North Coast Local Health District and are delivered across both the Mid North Coast and Northern NSW Local Health Districts from Johns River to Tweed Heads.

For information about population and health data for people living on the North Coast, please see The People and their Health page.

The core functions of the North Coast Public Health Unit are:

HARP is responsible for HIV/AIDS, sexual health and hepatitis C programs and services that include:

  • Health promotion, education and information
  • Screening and testing
  • Treatment
  • Health management, referral and counseling.

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NSW Public Health Unit Access Line: 1300 066 055 Business hours

After hours all call officer details:

Infectious Diseases – phone 0439 882 752

Environmental Health – phone 0428 882 805

Services available at these locations

Port Macquarie

North Coast Public Health Unit – Port Macquarie Office
PO Box 126 (Morton Street)
Port Macquarie NSW 2444

Phone 02 6588 2750
F 02 6588 2837

After Hours

Communicable Diseases 0439 882 752

Environmental Health 0428 882 805

Lismore

North Coast Public Health Unit – Lismore Office
PO Box 498 (31 Uralba Street)
Lismore NSW 2480

Phone 02 6620 7585

F 02 6620 2552

After Hours

Communicable Diseases 0439 882 752

Environmental Health 0428 882 805