A ninth case of measles has been detected in NSW after an infant acquired the infection while in South East Asia.
The infant was too young to receive routine vaccinations prior to a trip to South East Asia, and developed the disease after her return to Sydney. She is now recovering in hospital.
The infant was in the following locations while infectious:
People who were at these locations at the same times should be alert for measles symptoms until February 8 as the time from exposure to the onset of symptoms is from a week to 18 days.
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.
“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.
“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 have two doses. 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.
Outbreaks of measles in popular tourist destinations means the risk for measles being imported into Australia at the moment is high.
Measles is 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.
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