Measles Outbreak Warning Issued By NSW Health

More cases reported

Measles Outbreak Warning Issued By NSW Health

NSW Health has issued an urgent warning regarding a measles outbreak in the Sutherland Shire, with several more cases confirmed yesterday.

This brings the total number of measles cases in the Shire to four in the last month alone.

No direct link has been established between the two new cases, and people are urged to be aware of the symptoms.

This includes a fever, sore eyes and a cough, followed by a non-itchy rash several days later while the fever is still present.

"The measles virus is highly contagious and is spread through the air by someone who is unwell with the disease," South Eastern Sydney Local Health District Public Health Director Professor Mark Ferson said.

"People with measles symptoms should stay home from school or work and not go out in public. We recommend medical attention be sought, but if you or your child shows these symptoms you should call the doctor’s surgery or medical centre before you go in, so they can make arrangements to see you without the risk of you spreading the virus to other people."

Specific areas visited by the two new cases include:

  • Victoria Park Pool, Camperdown, 30 September, 9am-3pm

  • Pilgrim’s, Cronulla, 30 September, 8-9.30pm

  • Heart & Soul Café, Cronulla, 1 October, 2-5pm

  • Train from Engadine to Martin Place, 3 and 4 October, about 8-9.30am

  • Train from Martin Place to Engadine, 3 and 4 October, about 5-7pm

  • 20 Martin Place, City, 3 and 4 October, approximately 9am-6pm

  • MLC Centre Food Court, City, 3 and 4 October, lunchtime

  • Sutherland Hospital Emergency Department, 3 October, 6pm-12midnight; and 9 October, 5.25-6.45pm

  • Kirrawee Pharmacy, Kirrawee 4 October, 11-11.30am

  • Head Academy Kung Fu Centre, Caringbah, 7 October, 10.30am-1pm

Importantly, while measles is highly infectious, there is no ongoing risk at these locations.