NSW Health Measles alert affecting School Kids and Backpackers

21 March 2019

NSW Health Measles alert affecting School Kids and Backpackers

A NSW Health media release reported that 2 new people were diagnosed with the highly-contagious disease. The latest cases involve a  male backpacker and an unvaccinated primary school student, taking the total number of people diagnosed with measles in NSW since December to 25.

The man was infectious while staying at the Central Perk Backpacker’s Hostel in Haymarket in Sydney’s CBD. While infectious, the man also visited:

  • Coles World Square, 650 George Street several times between March 9 and 18
  • Other shops near the hostel and World Square between March 9 and 18
  • St Vincent’s Hospital Emergency Department, March 18 between 2:45pm-3:30pm

People who visited those venues at the same time as the man should be alert for symptoms of measles until 5 April. It can take up to 18 days for symptoms to appear following exposure.

Parents of students at Bonnyrigg Heights Primary School, where the child with measles attends, are also advised to watch out for symptoms in their children. Students who haven’t had two doses of measles vaccine should stay away from school until April 2.

While infectious the child visited:

  • Russell’s Barber Shop, Wilson Road, Green Valley on March 14 between 11:00am and 12:30pm
  • Edensor Road Family Medical Centre, 195 Edensor Road, Edensor Park on March 18 between 11:00am and 11:45am
  • Fairfield Hospital Emergency Department on 18 March between 12:35pm and 1:45pm 

For more information, visit NSW Health website

For more information about measles, refer to Key Facts about Measles