Important measles alert
12 September 2017
South Eastern Sydney Local Health District is urging people who have been in the Sutherland Shire between 5 September and 11 September to be aware of the symptoms of measles after a person that was infectious with measles visited the following areas on multiple occasions during that period:
- Miranda Westfield, 5 September 2017
- The train from Cronulla to Miranda, about 4-4.30 pm on 5 September 2017
- Din Tai Fung restaurant, Miranda, dinner on 5 September 2017
- The train from Cronulla to Sutherland, about 5.30-6 pm on 6 September 2017
- Kuroneko Ramen Noodle Bar, Sutherland, dinner on 8 September 2017
- Sutherland Hospital, in or passing through the emergency department from 9.30 am on Sunday 10 September 2017 to 2 am on Monday 11 September 2017, and 11am to 7pm on Monday 11 September 2017
Anyone over 12 months of age who has not received one dose of MMR and anyone over 18 months who has not received two doses of measles containing vaccine and may have been in the above specific areas on 10 or 11 September 2017, is urged to attend their general practitioner for vaccination within 72 hours of their presence in these areas.
The measles virus is highly contagious and is spread through the air by someone who is unwell with the disease. Symptoms include fever, sore eyes and a cough followed a few days later by a non-itchy rash, when the fever is still present. Measles can have serious complications, particularly for young children or people with weakened immune systems.
People with measles symptoms should stay home from school or work and not go out in public. The Public Health Unit recommends medical attention be sought, but if you or your child shows these symptoms you should call the doctor’s surgery before you go in so they can make arrangements to see you without the risk of you spreading the virus to other people
- Contact the South Eastern Sydney Public Health Unit’s infectious diseases team: Tel 9382 8333 option 2
- Click here to view the NSW Health measles factsheet