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Measles Warning For Sydney After Sixth Case In NSW

Health authorities have issued a measles warning for Sydneysiders, after a woman in her 40s was identified as the sixth case of in NSW after contracting the disease in Asia.

South Eastern Sydney Local Health District said the woman visited the following areas between 31 March and 7 April while infectious:

Coles supermarket, Ramsgate, 10.45-11.30am on 31 March;

Doyles Restaurant, Watsons Bay, 1.30-3.30pm on 1 April;

Rozelle Childcare Centre, Lilyfield on 4 April;

Kogarah Railway Medical Centre, 1.30-2.30pm and Terry White Chemmart, Kogarah 2.30-3.00pm on 6 April;

St George Hospital, the case passed through the Emergency Department at 1.30pm on 7 April.

Public Health Units are providing preventative treatment to susceptible people at the medical centre and childcare centre, and while there is no ongoing risk at these sites, authorities are urging anyone who visited these areas to be aware of the symptoms of measles.

Measles is highly infectious and spread through the air by someone who is infected. The time from exposure to the onset of symptoms is typically about 10 days, but can be as long as 18 days, so people should remain alert for symptoms until April 25.

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.

Dr Catherine Bateman-Steele, Acting Public Health Director South Eastern Sydney Local Health District, said people in the 20-40 year age bracket may have missed out on the full vaccination program for measles and mistakenly believe they are protected against the disease.

“Anyone born after 1965 who does not have records of receiving two doses of the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, or evidence of previous measles infection, may be susceptible to measles, and should visit their GP to have the free vaccination,” Dr Bateman-Steele said.

Dr Bateman-Steele said people with measles symptoms should stay home from school or work and not go out in public.

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