A young Sydney man who recently returned from travelling around South East Asia has been diagnosed with measles and spent over a week visiting parts of the city while infectious.
NSW Health issued an alert late this afternoon as the man, who was vaccinated as a child, had spent time in Hornsby, Lane Cove, Lindfield, the Sydney CBD, Newtown and Erskineville between June 30 and July 8 and used public transport.
“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,” NSW Health Director of Communicable Diseases Dr Vicki Sheppard said.
Anyone with signs or symptoms of measles, which is highly contagious and spread through coughing or sneezing, should phone their GP to ensure they do not wait alongside other patients before seeing a doctor.
NSW Health says the man visited Hornsby Westfield’s food court on June 30 between 2pm and 4pm and on July 2, caught trains between Wahroonga, Wynyard, Newtown and Lane Cove, visited Travers Grey Real Estate at Erskineville and Priceline on Margaret Street, in Sydney’s CBD.
Between July 3 and July 4, he caught buses from Lane Cove to Wynyard, attended Lane Cove General Practice on July 5 and Goodfields Eatery in Lindfield on July 7.
On July 8, the man visited Hornsby Westfield, Broadway Shopping Centre, Woolworths Metro in Erskineville, Blue Dog Posters in Newtown, King George V Recreation Centre in The Rocks, IGA Waterloo and caught a train from Wynyard to Redfern.
Dr Sheppard said none of the locations visited posed an ongoing risk but those who had frequented any of the locations should look out for signs and symptoms of measles until July 26.
A child in Brisbane also developed symptoms following an overseas holiday.Source:istock
Earlier today, another case of measles was reported in Brisbane after a child developed symptoms following an overseas holiday.
Queensland Health says the child visited Just Pharmacy at Murrumba Downs Shopping Centre in Brisbane’s north late on July 2 and Taigum Square Shopping Centre on the morning of July 5.
Metro North Public Health physician Rosie Muller says anyone who believes they have contracted the disease should call their medical practice first so staff can take precautions.
“Measles is one of the most infectious of all communicable diseases and is spread by tiny droplets generated through coughing and sneezing,” Dr Muller said.
The latest case is the fourth in the Metro North area this year, the Brisbane Times reports.
The last reported case involved a West Moreton woman who had travelled interstate, according to Queensland Health.
The alert follows a warning sent out by health authorities over the weekend in NSW after a man with measles spent four days in Sydney while on holiday from Queensland’s Gold Coast.
The man, aged in his 40s, was infectious while travelling on Tiger Airways flight TT609 on June 29 and then a train to Circular Quay, NSW Health said on Saturday.
Another measles warning issued in Queensland.Source:Supplied
He spent time in Circular Quay, including a stop at Cafe Rossini and a ferry to Manly with a stop at Blue Water Cafe and back that day.
On Sunday, he spent the day with visitors in Sydney before travelling around the city again on Monday, with a trip on public transport from Berowra to Wynyard station and a day spent at The Rocks Discovery Museum, The Australian Hotel and Starbucks at Hyde Park.
The man caught a train from Central Station to the airport on Tuesday morning and Jetstar flight JQ420 back to the Gold Coast.
It’s believed he acquired the measles while in Thailand.
NSW Health urged anyone who may have been in contact with the man to be alert for symptoms of the disease, which can take up to 18 days to appear. Measles symptoms include fever, sore eyes and a cough followed three or four days later by a red, blotchy rash, NSW Health says.
More than 40 people have been diagnosed with measles in NSW since Christmas. Despite the high number of people being diagnosed with measles, a recent report has shown vaccination rates in NSW are at their highest levels, with more than 95 per cent of five-year-olds vaccinated.
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