Measles outbreak in western Sydney

5 April 2017

​NSW Health is warning the public of a measles outbreak in western Sydney following confirmation of six further cases in the community.

Ten cases have now been confirmed in the past week, signalling an outbreak of measles in western Sydney particularly in the Auburn and Bankstown local government areas. This brings the total number of cases in NSW, with onset this year, to 19.

NSW Health is urging people in western Sydney to take advantage of the free measles vaccine, available at GPs, and to watch for measles symptoms, particularly in babies who are too young to receive this vaccination.

Symptoms of measles include fever, sore eyes and a cough followed three or four days later by a red, blotchy rash spreading from the head and neck to the rest of the body.

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.

People who planning to travel overseas should be vaccinated against measles before departure to reduce their risk of contracting measles and bringing the disease back to Australia.

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