Health authorities are urging people to watch out for the symptoms of measles after a young man, who contracted the disease overseas returned to Sydney infectious.
The man - aged in his 20's - spent time in the CBD, inner west and in the Hills area between Tuesday 31 January and Saturday 4 February visiting the following locations:
- Leicchardt, Norton Plaza - 31 Jan
- Baulkham Hills, Stockland Mall - 1 Feb
- Sydney CBD, Martin Place food court - 2 Feb
- Newtown, Mary's (restaurant and bar) - 2 Feb (evening)
- University of Sydney - 3 Feb
- Erskineville, PACT centre for emerging artists - 4 Feb (evening)
He also frequently used inner west train services and took a return journey on buses between Town Hall and Baulkham Hills on Thursday 2 February whilst unknowingly infectious.
“Measles is highly contagious and is spread in the air through coughing or sneezing by someone who is unwell with the disease,” said Dr Vicky Sheppeard, Director Communicable Diseases NSW Health.
“This latest case highlights the importance of getting vaccinated to protect against the disease. A highly effective measles vaccine has been freely available for many years and it is vital for everyone, including adults and children, to have two doses of the measles vaccine during their life time.
Symptoms of measles include fever, sore eyes and a cough followed three or four days later by a red, blotchy rash spreading from the head and neck to the rest of the body.
Dr Sheppeard said people with measles symptoms should seek medical advice as soon as possible, stay home from work or school, and limit other activities to avoid exposing other vulnerable people, such as infants, to the infection.