South Western Sydney Local Health District (SWSLHD) is urging residents to stay on alert for symptoms of measles following diagnosis of measles in an infant who acquired the infection overseas and visited three Fairfield locations while infected.
The infant, who was too young to receive routine vaccinations prior to a trip to South East Asia, developed the disease after his return to Sydney. He is now recovering in hospital.
The infant was in the following locations while infectious:
- Stockland Wetherill Park Shopping Centre, Saturday, March 2, between 1:30 pm and 3:30 pm
- DAO Practice, 133 Cabramatta Roadd, Tuesday, March 5, between 10am and 1pm
- Fairfield Hospital ED, Wednesday March 6, between 2am and noon.
SWSLHD Public Health Unit’s Director Dr Naru Pal said people who were at the locations at the same time as the infant should look out for symptoms until March 23.
Symptoms of measles 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.
Measles is highly contagious and is spread in the air through coughing or sneezing by someone who is unwell with the disease.
“Children and adults who had been inadvertently exposed were at risk of developing measles if they were not already immune,” Dr Pal said.
“If you develop symptoms please call ahead to your GP so that you do not wait in the waiting room with other patients.
“The measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine is safe and highly effective protection against measles. NSW Health offers free MMR vaccine via GPs for anyone born during or after 1966 who hasn’t already had two doses. If you are unsure whether you have had two doses, it is quite safe to have another dose.”
The SWSLHD public health unit is working with health services to contact people and or other patients present at the same time and offering preventive treatment, if needed.
They are urging people travelling overseas to ensure they are fully vaccinated before heading off.
This latest case of measles has pushed the total number of people infectious with measles in the state since Christmas to 20.
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