Measles contracted in two infants, too young to be vaccinated, in Haymarket and Eastwood areas.

2 April 2019

NSW Health is again advising people to be alert for signs and symptoms of measles following the diagnosis of two infants too young to be vaccinated, who probably acquired the infection from recent cases in Sydney. 

  1. An 8 month old infant, likely caught the infection in the Haymarket area near World Square. The infant spent time in Hurstville and St George Hospital ED while infectious. For further information see NSW Health media release.
  2. An 11 month old infant, likely caught the infection in the Eastwood area. The infant spent time in Eastwood, Castle Hill and Kellyville locations while infectious. For further information see NSW Health media release.

The above places do not pose an ongoing risk, however people who may be susceptible to measles and were present at the above locations at the identified times should contact their local public health unit for advice on 1300 066 055.

People who have spent time in the same locations at the same times as these infants should be alert for signs and symptoms of measles until 18 April 2019, as it can take up to 18 days for symptoms to appear following exposure to a person with measles.

Symptoms 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.

Cases of measles in infants such as these highlight the importance of ensuring that all people able to be vaccinated have received two doses of measles vaccine.

Maintaining high rates of measles immunisation within the community reduces the risk of measles being imported into Australia by returned travellers and, through herd immunity, reduces the spread of the virus locally if it is introduced.

Measles is highly contagious and is spread in the air through coughing or sneezing by someone who is unwell with the disease.

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