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NSW Health is again warning passengers on an international flight to be alert for signs and symptoms of measles, after a woman, who acquired the infection while visiting family in the Philippines, was diagnosed with the infection. The woman was infectious during her flight from Singapore arriving at Sydney International Airport on 22 January.

This brings the number of infectious measles cases in the state since Christmas to twelve.

NSW Health encourages all people 12 months of age or older, and born during or after 1966 to make sure they have received two doses of measles vaccine. Measles vaccine is available for free from GPs in NSW for people who do not have evidence of measles immunity. For people who are unsure of whether they have previously received two doses, it is safe to receive more than two. This is particularly important when planning travel.

People who spent time in the same place as these cases are urged to be on the lookout for symptoms until 9 February, as the time from exposure to onset of symptoms can be up to 18 days (usually around 10 days).

Potential exposure sites and times for the eleven cases from January 2019 are provided below.

Measles is a highly infectious viral illness which begins with a cough, fever, sore, red eyes, and runny nose, followed three to four days later by a red spotty rash which begins on the face and neck and spreads to the rest of the body.

People who are experiencing signs and symptoms of measles should seek medical attention. NSW Health recommends calling ahead to the practice or emergency department to alert of them of your symptoms so that measures can be taken to limit your exposure to others upon your arrival.

Measles case 11: alert issued 31 January 2019

This alert is no longer current

Singapore Airlines flight SQ231, Sydney International Airport: 22 January

Passengers on this flight and in the international aiport at the same time as this person should be alert for symptoms until 9 February.

Date Location
Tuesday 22 January

Singapore Airlines Flight SQ231 departing Singapore Airport at 12:42am, arriving Sydney International Airport 11:58am

Sydney International Airport, including baggage carousels, customs and arrivals area around lunchtime

Measles case 10: alert issued 25 January 2019

This alert is no longer current

Cebu Pacific Flight 5J41, Sydney International Airport, Train from Airport to Epping, Cherrybrook, Hornsby Hospital Emergency Department, 19 January: 23 January

A man in his early fifties, who acquired the infection while visiting family in the Philippines, was diagnosed with measles after returning to Sydney. The man was infectious during his flight from Manilla arriving at Sydney International Airport on 20 January. People in the same locations at the same time as the man should be alert for symptoms until 9 February.

Date Location
Saturday 19 January -Sunday 20 January Cebu Pacific flight 5J41 departing Manila, Philippines Saturday 19 January at approximately 11:30pm, arriving Sydney Sunday 20 January at approximately 10:30am
Sunday 20 January

Sydney International Airport, including baggae carousels, customs, and arrivals area, late morning - early afternoon

Train from International Airport to Epping, via Central, arriving Epping at approximately 1pm

Monday 21 January

Cherrybrook Village Shopping Centre, 41-47 Sheperds Road Cherrybrook, approximately 4pm - 6pm

Tuesday 22 January Cherrybrook Village Shopping Centre, 41-47 Shepherds Road Cherrybrook, approximately 9pm
Tuesday 22 January - Wednesday 23 January Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Hospital Emergency Department, Palmerston Road Hornsby, from 11:30pm Tuesday 22 January - 12:30pm Wednesday 23 January

Measles case 9: alert issued 25 January 2019

This alert is no longer current

Mildura (Victoria) and Wentworth (NSW): 15-21 January

An infant, who was too young to be vaccinated, spent time in and around the Mildura (Victoria) region while infectious. Exposures in NSW were limited. At this stage the source of the infant's infection is unknown. People in the same locations as the infant at the same time, should be alert for symptoms until 8 February.

Date Location
Tuesday 15 January Langtree Mall, Langtree Avenue, Mildura Victoria
Saturday 19 January

The wooden Door Restaurant, 2137 Fifteenth Street Irymple, Victoria, in the morning

Caterpillars, 24 Scott Cres Mildura, Victoria, in the morning

Ritchies Supa IGA, 11/13 Sandwych Street, Wentworth NSW

Monday 21 January Mildura Base Hospital Emergency Department, Ontario Avenue and Thirteenth Street, Mildura, Victoria,
8:30am-12:30pm and 8:00pm-9:00pm

Measles case 8: alert issued 24 January 2019

This alert is no longer current

Sydney (Inner City), Woonona, Liverpool, Campbelltown and Bradbury: 18-21 January

An infant, too young to have received measles vaccine prior to travel, was diagnosed with the infection after returning from South East Asia. The infant visited a number of locations while unknowingly infectious. People in the following locations at the same time as the infant should be alert for symptoms of measles until 9 February.

Date Location
Wednesday 16 January

Train from Ingleburn to St James Station 2:23pm-3:20pm (departing Ingleburn 2:28pm, arriving St James 3:20pm)

The Strand Arcade, 412-414 George Street Sydney, 3:30pm-4:00pm

Escape Hunt, Foyer and Mission Room 2, 4/393 George St Sydney, 4:00pm-5:15pm

Harts Pub, Essex Street and Gloucester Streets, The Rocks, 5:30pm-7:30pm

The Art Gallery NSW, Art Gallery Rd, Sydney, 8:45pm-9:15pm

Train from Martin Place to Town Hall Station (departing Martin Place 9:23pm) 9:15pm-9:25pm

Aqua S, 27/501 George Street Sydney, 9:40pm-10pm

Train from Town hall to Ingleburn Station (departing Town Hall 9:51pm) 9:45pm-11:06pm)

Thursday 17 January The Macarthur Tavern, corner Gilchrist Drive and Killicar Road, Campbelltown, 10:30am to 1:30pm
Friday 18 January

North Break Cafe, 1/1 Park Road, Woonona , 4:00pm-4:30pm

Pizza Pasta Please Restaurant, 4 Rennie Road Campbelltown, 7:00pm-8:30pm

Saturday 19 January

Fashion Spree, 5 Viscount Place Liverpool, 3:30-5:00pm

Sunday 20 January

Officeworks 34 Queen Street, Campbelltown, 11:30am-12:00pm

Campbelltown Mall, 271 Queen Street, Campbelltown, 12:00pm-2:30pm

Monday 21 January

First Care Medical Centre, 14/100 The Pkwy, Bradbury, 12:45pm-1:10pm

Bradbury Village Pharmacy, 100 The Pkwy, Bradbury, 1:10pm-1:15pm

Measles cases 6 and 7: alert issued 15 January 2019

This alert is no longer current

Singapore Airlines Flight SQ 221 , Sydney International Airport (including train station), Ryde Hospital, Carlingford Epping Surgery General Practice, two Douglass Hanly Moir Pathology Centres: 10-14 January

Two unvaccinated siblings have been diagnosed with measles, following a trip to Sri Lanka. The children from Northern Sydney developed symptoms during a scheduled stopover in Singapore, but a diagnosis was not made until they returned to Sydney. The children visited a number of locations while infectious, including a medical centre and Emergency Department. Patients attending these locations at the same time as the children are being contacted directly and offered preventive therapy where relevant.

People on the same flight as the children, and those in the International Airport on the morning of Friday 11 January; including those who were in the International Airport Train Station, may be at risk of developing measles until 29 January.

Date Location
Thursday 10 - Friday 11 January Singapore Airlines Flight SQ 221 departing Singapore 8:40pm, arriving Sydney International Airport Friday 11 January 7:40am
Friday 11 January

Sydney International Airport, including baggage carousels, customs, and arrivals area, Friday morning
Sydney International Airport Train Station, train to Meadowbank (via Central station), arriving Meadowbank at 9:30 am

Sunday 13 January Ryde Hospital Emergency Department, Denistone Road, Eastwood, 7:40am-9:10am
Monday 14 January

Carlingford Epping Surgery General Practice, 5 Lloyds Avenue, Carlingford, 9:30am-10:30am
Douglass Hanly Moir Pathology, 5 Lloyds Avenue Carlingford, 10:30 am - 11:00am
Douglass Hanly Moir Pathology, 27 Rembrandt Street Carlingford 10:50am - 11:20am

Measles case 5: alert issued 14 January 2019

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Qantas flight QF20, Sydney International Airport, Leichardt Medical and Dental Centre: 11-12 January 2019

A Sydney man has developed measles infection after returning from the Philippines. The man is his 20s, was isolated quickly when presenting to his doctor's surgery, as measles was highly suspected. Patients in the practice at the same time as the man have been contacted directly and offered preventive treatment where appropriate. Those on the same flight as the man, and people in the International Airport on Friday morning may be at risk of developing measles until 29 January.

Date Location
Friday 11 January

Qantas Flight QF20, departing Manilla and arriving Sydney International Airport at 6:30am
International Airport, including luggage carousels, Customs, and arrivals area Friday morning

Saturday 12 January Leichardt Medical and Dental Centre, 30/32-38 Short Street, Leichardt, 10:45 am -11:15 am

Measles case 4: alert issued 10 January 2019

This alert is no longer current

Darling Harbour, Town Hall, Newtown and Marrickville: 4-10 January 2019

A Sydney man who was a close contact of the case reported on 3 January has developed measles nine days after his first exposure to the disease.

The man spent time in a number of locations around Sydney CBD and the Inner West while infectious. People who spent time in the same locations as the man may be at risk of developing measles up until 26 January 2019.

Date Location
Friday 4 January - Saturday 5 January Bungalow 8, King Street Wharf, 7pm Friday to 3am Saturday
Saturday 5 January

Train from Newtown Station to Town Hall, arriving Town Hall approximately 7pm
Albion Place Hotel, 531 George Street Sydney, 7pm -11:15pm
Bus from Town Hall (Castlereagh St) to King Street Newtown, departing Town Hall 11:30pm

Monday 7 January Anytime Fitness Newtown, 93 King Street Newtown, 5pm - 7pm
Tuesday 8 January Anytime Fitness Newtown, 93 King Street Newtown, 5pm - 6pm
Wednesday 9 January

Marrickville Metro Shopping Centre and Marrickville Metro Medical Centre, 34 Victoria Rd Marrickville, 1:30pm-2:30pm
Service NSW Marrickville, 9/34 Victoria Rd Marrickville, 1:45pm-2pm

Measles case 3: alert issued 8 January 2019

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Riverside Precinct Woodburn, John Hunter Hospital: 5-6 January 2019

A teenager from Queensland has developed measles symptoms while visiting NSW. The teenager is believed to have acquired their infection during a recent trip to Myanmar. People who were at the following locations at the same time as the teenager may be at risk of developing measles until 24 January 2019:

Date Location
Saturday 5 January Riverside Precinct Woodburn, early-mid afternoon
Sunday 6 January John Hunter Hospital Emergency Department, 2pm-9pm

Measles case 2: alert issued 3 January 2019

This alert is no longer current

Chatswood, Pokolbin, Royal North Shore Hospital: 27-31 December 2018

A child visiting from overseas developed measles symptoms while visiting NSW on Christmas Eve. Prior to being diagnosed with measles and isolated the child visited several locations. People who were at these locations at the same time as the child may be at risk of developing measles up to 18 January 2019:

Date

 

Location

 

Thursday 27 December

Chatswood Medical and Dental Centre, 7pm – 8pm

Thursday 27 December

Chatswood Mall, including Chemist Warehouse, late afternoon

Friday 28 December

Oakvale Winery, Pokolbin, 5pm – 6pm

Saturday 29 December

Dinner at Bimbadgen Winery, Pokolbin, 6:30pm – 8pm

Sunday 30 December

Chatswood Medical and Dental Centre, 3pm-4pm

Monday 31 December - Tuesday 1 January

(New Year’s Day)

Royal North Shore Hospital Emergency Department, St Leonards, 11pm Monday – 1am Tuesday

Measles case 1: alert issued 2 January 2019

This alert is no longer current

Thornleigh, Umina Beach, Woy Woy: 26-30 December 2018

An ACT resident who probably acquired measles from a recently returned overseas traveller who was unknowingly infectious while visiting NSW from 26-30 December. People who were at the following locations at the same time as the visitor may be at risk of developing measles up to 17 January 2019:

Date

 

Location

 

Wednesday 26 December

McDonalds restaurant at Thornleigh, 12:30pm – 1pm

Wednesday 26 – Sunday 30 December

Several visits to Deepwater Plaza at Woy Woy and Umina Beach Shopping Centre

Sunday 30 December

Jasmine Café, Umina Beach 9am – 10:30am

About measles

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

People are at risk of measles if they are exposed to an infectious case, and have never had measles, or have not received two doses of measles containing vaccine. Two doses of measles containing vaccine provide lifelong protection against infection in 99 per cent of people. Most people born before 1966 are assumed to be immune to measles.

In Australia measles containing vaccine is given to children at 12 months of age as measles mumps rubella (MMR) and 18 months of age as measles mumps rubella varicella (MMRV).

Anyone in NSW, born after 1966, who has not received two doses of measles containing vaccine can visit their GP for free MMR vaccine. People born between 1966 and 1994 should not assume they have received two doses of vaccine as changes to the vaccination schedule over time mean they may have only received one dose. People who are unsure of whether they have had two doses can safely receive another dose.

Travellers, are encouraged to discuss their travel plans with their GP to ensure that they are protected against preventable diseases such as measles prior to travel. While measles is rare in Australia, it remains endemic in many countries including most of southern and south east Asia, and large outbreaks are currently occurring in Europe, the United States, and parts of South America.

People travelling with children under the age of 12 months should discuss travel plans with their doctor, as the first dose of the vaccine can be given as early as 9 months of age, if the child is travelling to an area where measles is endemic, or outbreaks are occurring.

For more information refer to Measles.

Page Updated: Monday 4 March 2019
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