Measles warning after second case

By | January 4, 2020

A second person has been diagnosed with measles in as many days in NSW.

NSW Health is advising people to be alert for symptoms of the contagious infection after a local woman visited several locations in Sydney’s eastern suburbs and inner west.

The young woman had not travelled prior to her illness and has no known links to previously identified measles cases.

Dr Christine Selvey, NSW Health acting director of communicable diseases, said it was the second case of measles in two days in a person who had not travelled overseas.

“This is a reminder for everyone to check that they are protected against measles, which is extremely infectious,” she said.

“As it’s not clear where this woman acquired her infection. It is important that everyone is on the lookout for the early signs of measles, particularly people born during or after 1966 who have not had two doses of measles vaccine.

“Symptoms to watch out for include fever, sore eyes and a cough followed three or four days later by a red, blotchy rash that spreads from the head to the rest of the body.”

She said anyone who developed symptoms should arrange to see their GP and call ahead to ensure they don’t wait alongside other patients.

“The measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine is safe and highly effective, with two doses providing lifelong protection in 99 out of 100 people who are vaccinated,” she said.

“Anyone born during or after 1966 needs to ensure that they have received two measles shots.
“If you’re unsure whether you’ve been vaccinated against measles in the past, it’s safe to have a dose.”

The woman is believed to have been infectious from December 28 when she visited Flemington Markets, Hong Dat Butcher in Marrickville and Cityheroes Pool & Billiards in George St.

On Sunday she went to Roll’d restaurant at Sydney International Airport.

On Monday she went to Chemist Warehouse in Marrickville and Vietnamese Street Food in Marrickville.

On Wednesday she went to Cang Restaurant Mascot and between Saturday and Thursday travelled on public transport in those areas.

While the locations pose no ongoing threat to the public, people who may have been exposed to the woman by being in the same place at the same time are at risk of developing measles until January 19.

Earlier, a man aged in his 20s visited the city’s inner west, northwest and eastern suburbs while infectious in the past week.

He spent the day at Bondi Beach on Saturday.

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