Health authorities have issued an alert for measles in Sydney’s CBD area following two outbreaks of the highly-contagious disease in one month.
Primary school students and backpackers in particular are being told to be on high alert for symptoms of the disease.
The latest case reported in the area involved a man in his 20s who was staying at the Central Perk Backpacker’s Hostel in Haymarket.
The man claimed to have been vaccinated for measles as a child but it was unclear how many doses he had received.
Other residents at the hostel were provided preventive injections against measles by the local Public Health Unit.
Two new measles alerts have been issued for Sydney. Watch out for symptoms, which include fever, sore eyes and cough followed a few days later by a rash. Read the full media release: https://t.co/vU0DiO5wpb pic.twitter.com/Y0KELsAfPl
— NSW Health (@NSWHealth) March 21, 2019
The man visited a number of locations around Sydney while infected, including Coles and other shops in World Square between March 9 and 18, and St Vincent’s Hospital Emergency Department on March 18 between 2:45pm and 3:30pm.
Anyone who visited these same locations during the same period should be on high alert for measles symptoms until April 5, according to NSW Health.
It can take up to 18 days for symptoms to appear and these can include general fever, sore eyes and a cough followed by a blotchy rash from the head and neck to the rest of your body.
A separate case was reported after a child from Bonnyrigg Heights Primary School was diagnosed with measles.
Students at the same school who haven’t received two doses of the measles vaccine are being told to stay away from school until April 2.
While infected, the student visited Russell’s Barber Shop on Wilson Road, Green Valley, on March 14 between 11am and 12:30pm, Edensor Road Family Medical Centre in Edensor Park on March 18 between 11am and 11:45am, and Fairfield Hospital Emergency Department on 18 March between 12:35pm and 1:45pm.
Anyone who develops symptoms should call their local GP ahead of a visit so that they aren’t waiting around other patients.