NSW Health has issued a measles alert for the Sydney area after an infant who contracted the disease overseas visited areas in the CBD and Bankstown.
The infant was reportedly too young to be vaccinated and developed measles while on a trip to south Asia.
They are now in isolation and recovering at home.
Those most susceptible include infants under 12 months of age who are too young to be vaccinated and young adults.
“People in the 20-40 year age bracket may have missed out on the full vaccination program for measles, which was changed in 1998, including a national school-based catch-up, and mistakenly believe they are protected against the disease,” NSW Health Director Communicable Diseases Dr Vicky Sheppeard said.
“The 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.”
Measles is highly contagious and is spread in the air through coughing or sneezing by someone who is unwell with the disease.
According to NSW Health, symptoms include:
- sore eyes;
- a cough;
- red, blotchy rash.
If you believe you do have the measles, visit your GP.
It is advised that you phone ahead to ensure that the chances of it being spread are limited.