A fifth person has developed measles in NSW after being exposed to an
infectious child visiting from Thailand.
The unvaccinated adult, a male in his 20s, developed measles nine days
after his first exposure to the disease.
Between January 4 – 8, the man visited Darling Harbour, Town Hall,
Newtown and Marrickville while infectious.
People who were in the following locations should remain alert for
symptoms until 26 January, as the time from exposure
to the onset of symptoms is 10 - 18 days.
- Bungalow 8, 3 Lime Street Sydney
(King St Wharf), from 7pm Friday 4 January to 3am Saturday 5 January.
- The train from Newtown Station to
Town Hall station on Saturday 5 January at 7pm.
Place Hotel, 531 George Street, Sydney on Saturday 5 January from 7 to
bus from Town Hall (Castlereagh St) to King Street Newtown on Saturday 5
January at 11:30pm.
Fitness Newtown, 93 King Street Newtown on Monday 7 January (5-7pm) and
Tuesday 8 January (5-6pm)
Metro Shopping Centre and Marrickville Metro Medical Centre, 34 Victoria
Rd Marrickville on Wednesday 9 January from 1:30-2:30pm
NSW Marrickville, 9/34 Victoria Rd Marrickville on Wednesday 9 January
from 1:45 - 2pm.
People who might have been exposed to
the man while at the gym, or the GP practice are being contacted directly to
assess their immunity to measles and offer preventive therapy if they are not
Others who might have come into contact
with the man at the locations listed above are advised to be alert for symptoms
“If you develop
symptoms please call ahead to your GP so that you do not wait in the waiting
room with other patients,” Dr Sheppeard said.
measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine is safe and highly effective protection
against measles, and is available for free for those aged 1 to 52 from your
GP. If you are unsure whether you have had two doses, it is quite safe to
have another dose.”
highly contagious and is spread in the air through coughing or sneezing by
someone who is unwell with the disease.
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
For more information on measles, visit: http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/factsheets/Pages/Measles_Factsheet.aspx