During Melbourne measles alert antivaxers seek to deliberately infect their unimmunised children

On Tuesday February 20 2018, a measles alert was issued for Melbourne after an infectious person visited several locations:

What is the issue?

There has been one confirmed case of measles in Melbourne. The infection was acquired in Victoria and it is possible that the infection was acquired at Centrelink in Dandenong between Monday 22 January and Friday 2 February 2018. The case attended a number of locations in Melbourne whilst infectious including:

Thursday 8 February 2018

  • Centrelink Dandenong, 8.00 am – 5.00 pm

Friday 9 February 2018

  • Centrelink Dandenong, 8.00 am – 5.00 pm
  • Mountain Gate Cricket Club, Ferntree Gully, 6.00 – 8.00 pm
  • Dan Murphy’s Rowville, 8.30 pm

Saturday 10 February 2018

  • Fairhills High School basketball stadium, Knoxfield, 9.30 – 10.30 am
  • Rowville Secondary College basketball stadium, Rowville, 2.30 – 3.30 pm

Sunday 11 February 2018

  • Belgrave Cricket Ground, 11.30 am   6.30 pm

Monday 12 February 2018

  • ABC Costume Hire, Wantirna South 3.00 – 4.00 pm

Who is at risk?

Children or adults born during or since 1966 who do not have documented evidence of receiving two doses of a measles-containing vaccine or do not have documented evidence of immunity are considered to be susceptible to measles. People who are immunocompromised are also at risk.

The day before, February 19 2018, Western Australian anti-vaccination activist Eugenie Kruger – posting in Unvaccinated Australia, a Facebook group founded by and administered by Melbourne’s Trent Wiseman of the discredited antivax organisation, the Australian Vaccination-skeptics Network, and also administered by Brisbane’s Daniel DeBuriatte of the AVN – made the following request:

If anyone’s kids has measles or chicken pox now or in the near future, please PM me as I’d love to come visit:) definitely time my 3 & 6yo gets some lifelong natural immunity

DeBuriatte can be seen responding in the screenshot:

My guess is you will struggle to find a sick unvaccinated child! Maybe try posting in a max-vax cult group like SAVN 😜

Public  image courtesy Facebook

Also on Wednesday February 20 2018, in direct response to the news of the Melbourne measles alert – in another antivax group administered by the AVN’s Trent Wiseman, Australia: Childcare for Unvaccinated Children, also administered by AVN president, Melbourne’s Tasha David – anti-vaccination activist and registered chiropractor Sara Brookes of Melbourne made the same request to infect her two unimmunised children with measles:

With the recent measles outbreak near Dandanong , please contact/message me if your children get measles and you are happy to share.

Rochelle Senn, a Geelong teacher, issued the same request for her two unimmunised children:

Same plz!

Public  image courtesy Facebook 

The administrators of Australia: Childcare for Unvaccinated Children:

Once again, warn your families and friends about the real dangers of the anti-vaccination movement, not only to your children, but, also to their own.

Just this month, another person died in the ongoing European measles epidemic.

Measles snapshot, from The Australian Immunisation Handbook:

4.9.2 Clinical features

Measles is a highly infectious, acute viral illness spread by respiratory secretions, including aerosol transmission.1 It is infectious from the beginning of the prodromal period and for up to 4 days after the appearance of the rash. The incubation period is usually 10 to 14 days. The prodrome, lasting 2 to 4 days, is characterised by fever and malaise, followed by a cough, coryza and conjunctivitis. The maculopapular rash typically begins on the face and upper neck, and then becomes generalised.

Measles is often a severe disease, frequently complicated by otitis media (in approximately 9%), pneumonia (in approximately 6%) and diarrhoea (in approximately 8%).1,2 Acute encephalitis occurs in 1 per 1000 cases, and has a mortality rate of 10 to 15%, with a high proportion of survivors suffering permanent brain damage.3 Subacute sclerosing panencephalitis (SSPE) is a late complication of measles, occurring on average 7 years after infection in approximately 0.5 to 1 per 100 000 measles cases.1 SSPE causes progressive brain damage and is always fatal. Complications from measles are more common and more severe in the chronically ill, in children <5 years of age, and in adults.2 Approximately 60% of deaths from measles are attributed to pneumonia, especially in the young, while complications from encephalitis are more frequently refer ton in adults.1,2 Measles infection during pregnancy can result in miscarriage and premature delivery, but has not been associated with congenital malformation.2 There is no specific therapy for acute measles infection.



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