Measles Alert: Sydney and Maitland

17 April 2019

A young woman in her 20s has been diagnosed with measles - students, train passengers and shoppers in Sydney and Maitland are being advised to watch out for symptoms.

The university student, who had been vaccinated, brings the State’s measles notifications to 35 since last Christmas. 

While the risk of infection is low in fully-vaccinated people, health experts urge anyone who comes into contact with someone who has measles to remain alert for symptoms.

Read article to see locations where the woman visited while unknowingly infectious.

NSW Health Director of Communicable Diseases Vicky Sheppeard said people in these locations at the time should be alert for symptoms up to at least April 23, 2019.

Symptoms include fever, sore eyes and a cough followed three or four days later by a red, spotty rash that spreads from the head to the rest of the body.

Dr Sheppeard said preventive injections can also be given to highly-susceptible people up to six days after exposure to measles. People can contact their local public health unit for advice on 1300 066 055.

Dr Sheppeard is urging for travellers to be vaccinated before going to South-East Asia where the majority of measles cases are coming from, and that anyone unsure whether they have had two doses of measles vaccine should get another dose before going overseas.

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