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Measles Alert Issued For Western Sydney After Two More Confirmed Cases

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Measles Alert Issued For Western Sydney After Two More Confirmed Cases

Another measles alert has been issued for Sydney with two infants confirmed as cases following a trip to south Asia.

This takes the total to four for NSW in March alone, with all patients contracting the disease while abroad in Asia.

NSW Health has identified Pakistan, India and the Phillipines as possible sources of the infection.

The two babies visited the following places, and anyone who visited these places at the times below is advised to be aware of the symptoms.

  • Dr D Y K Tan's surgery in Fairfield (March 23 1-3pm)
  • Liverpool Medical Centre (March 26 3.30-6pm)
  • Westmead Children's Hospital emergency (6.30-10pm) and the Hunter Baillie Ward from Monday evening to Wednesday

"Families taking young infants to Asia are also urged to discuss vaccination with their GP before they travel, as the measles vaccine can be given earlier than the first birthday if they are likely to be exposed to measles while travelling," director of communicable diseases Vicky Sheppeard said.

Symptoms include fever, a cough, sore eyes and four days later a red, blotchy rash.

 

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