Measles has been spread during the international hip-hop dance competition in Sydney last December 7-8, 2013. It is believed that it has cross the country and overseas, infecting at least 14 people and thousands of people being exposed to it. Health authorities believed that the outbreak began when a Filipino man with flu-like symptoms competed at 2013 World Supremacy Battlegrounds, attended by more than 2000 people at the Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre. They have traced it on the competitor that was from Manila dance troupe ” FMD Xtreme“. The event Director Marco Selerio said that the dancer can still perform because he came all the way from the Philippines. Four of the infected were New Zealander visitors and infected six more people when went home. The other people infected were from Adelaide, Sydney and Melbourne. Dancers are from Japan, the Philippines, New Zealand, Australia and three other countries had competed at Homebush, the report added. Filipino dancer was bed-ridden for a few days after the event but did not know that he had measles until the rashes appeared. The carrier was soon confined to hospital and isolated for two weeks until he was healed. Three days after the event the Philippines Department of Health have warned the Filipino nation about the increased rate of measles cases in the country in the year 2013. The agency said from Jan. 1 to Dec. 14, 2013, there were 1,724 measles cases, including 21 deaths.Metro Manila had the highest number of cases at 744, followed by Southern Luzon with 436 and Western Visayas with 282 cases according to the report.
Measles is highly contagious specially among those people who aren’t immunized and it is spread through coughing and sneezing. Its symptoms can include fever, tiredness, runny nose, cough and sore red eyes which usually last for several days before a red, blotchy rash appears. The incubation period for measles is 10 to 18 days – 22 days. Nowadays immunization is usually done during childhood.