NSW Health Alert: New measles case confirmed in Sydney

8 February 2017

NSW Health is urging people to watch for measles symptoms after a young adult who contracted the disease overseas spent time in Sydney’s CBD, inner west and Baulkham Hills area while infectious.

The case was infectious while visiting the following locations in Sydney between 31 January and 4 February:

  • Norton Plaza, Leichhardt – 31 Jan
  • Stockland Mall, Baulkham Hills – 1 Feb
  • Martin Place food court – 2 Feb
  • Mary’s (restaurant and bar) Newtown – 2 Feb (evening)
  • University of Sydney – 3 Feb
  • PACT centre for emerging artists Erskineville – 4 Feb (evening).

Anyone born during or since 1966 should have two doses of vaccine (at least four weeks apart). For young children, the measles vaccine is recommended at 12 months and again at 18 months of age. NSW Health offers free MMR (measles-mumps-rubella) vaccine through GPs for people born during or since 1966 with no records of having received two doses of MMR vaccine.

It is safe to have the vaccine more than twice, so people who are unsure should be vaccinated.

Ensure that patients planning to travel overseas are fully vaccinated against measles before departure to reduce their risk of contracting measles and bringing the disease back to Australia.

For more information see NSW Health measles factsheet