NSW Health has issued a warning for people to be alert for measles symptoms after a locally acquired case (the infected person had not travelled overseas) of measles has been reported. A woman in her twenties is believed to have been infectious from Wednesday September 11 to Tuesday September 24 and in that time visited locations in the inner west and Sydney’s CBD, including two medical centres. She also travelled by train from Marrickville into the CBD and back again on a number of days while infectious.
Some of the locations she spent time in during the period include: IGA Supermarket, Martin Place; Fitness First, 20 Bond Street, Sydney; 10 Spring Street, Sydney; Hotel Palisade, Millers Point; Forum Medical Centre, Leichhardt; Woolworths, Illawarra Road, Marrickville.
The public transport links she travelled on are: T3 Liverpool or Lidcombe via Bankstown to City line departing Marrickville Station, and T3 City to Liverpool or Lidcombe via Bankstown line departing Wynyard Station.
“Symptoms to watch out for include fever, sore eyes and a cough followed three or four days later by a red, blotchy rash that spreads from the head to the rest of the body,” Dr Christine Selvey, NSW Health acting director of communicable diseases, said in a statement.
“It can take up to 18 days for measles symptoms to begin to appear following exposure. Anyone who develops symptoms should arrange to see their GP and call ahead to ensure they don’t wait alongside other patients.”
In her statement Dr Selvey also reminded people that vaccination against measles is safe, free for anyone born during or after 1966 who doesn’t have two documented doses of measles vaccine, and readily available.
“The measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine is safe and highly effective, with two doses providing lifelong protection in 99 out of 100 people who are vaccinated,” she said.
“Anyone born during or after 1966 needs to ensure that they have received two measles shots. If you’re unsure whether you’ve been vaccinated against measles in the past, it’s safe to have a dose.”