Measles Alert - Sutherland Shire - 4 October 2017

 4 October 2017

South Eastern Sydney Local Health District (SESLHD) is again urging people who have been in the Sutherland Shire between 25 September and 1 October 2017, 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.

Specific areas that the person visited during this period include:

  • Cronulla Mall, 25 September, morning
  • Aldi, Menai, 25 September and 28 September, both approximately 3.00 – 5.00pm
  • Royal Hotel, Sutherland, 26 September at lunchtime
  • Southgate Shopping Centre, Sylvania, 29 September, approximately 4.30 - 5.30pm
  • Coles and Shopping Centre, Sutherland, 1 October, afternoon
  • Sutherland Hospital, in or passing through the Emergency Department from 8.00 - 11.00am on 29 September, and 10.30pm on 1 October to 3.00am on 2 October.

Please note – there is no ongoing risk of measles at the above venues.

While there are no direct connections to the Sutherland Shire measles case reported two weeks ago, this case most likely acquired their infection from that case.

There are no links with the Northern Sydney case reported earlier today. 

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

Further information

  • Contact the South Eastern Sydney Public Health Unit’s infectious diseases team: Tel 9382 8333 option 2
  • For more information on measles, visit NSW Health Measles factsheet.