The most recent report is for two unvaccinated children who developed
measles while returning from Sri Lanka, and were diagnosed with the infection
in Sydney today.
were in the following locations while infectious:
Flight SQ221 from Singapore, arriving in Sydney at
07:40 on Friday January 11
- Train from International Airport to Meadowbank via
Central, arriving in Meadowbank at 09:30 on Friday January 11
- Ryde Hospital Emergency Department from 07:40 – 09:30
on Sunday January 13
- Carlingford Epping Surgery General Practice, 5 Lloyds
Avenue, Carlingford from 09:30 – 10:30 Monday January 14
- Douglas Hanly Moir Pathology at 5 Lloyds Avenue,
Carlingford at 10:30 and 27 Rembrandt Street Carlingford at 10:50 Monday
The children are now isolated and are recovering at home. The local
public health unit is working with health services to contact other patients
present at the same time and offering preventive treatment, if needed.
People who were on SQ221, at Sydney International Airport, or on the
train from the airport to Meadowbank in the morning of January 11 should be
alert for measles symptoms until January 29 as the time
from exposure to the onset of symptoms is from a week to 18 days.
“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.”
NSW Health once
again urges people travelling to south-east Asia where measles is prevalent to
ensure they are fully vaccinated before heading overseas.
measles in popular tourist destinations means the risk for measles being
imported into Australia at the moment is high.
highly contagious and is spread in the air through coughing or sneezing by
someone who is unwell with the disease.
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.
information on measles, visit: http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/factsheets/Pages/Measles_Factsheet.aspx