New Measles Warning Issued After Two Babies Diagnosed In Sydney

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Another measles warning has been issued by NSW Health following the diagnosis of two babies too young for vaccines.

An eight-month-old baby is believed to have caught the infection while in Haymarket near World Square.

The child was in the following locations while infectious:

  • Yass Korean BBQ Buffet, 1/39 The Boulevarde, Strathfield on Tuesday 26 March, between 6:30pm and 10:00pm;
  • Time Brasserie (restaurant/café), Shop 11, Level 1 Time Plaza Hurstville 127-137 Forest Rd Hurstville on Wednesday 27 March between 4:00pm and 5:30pm; and
  • St George Hospital Emergency Department, 28a Gray St Kogarah on Saturday 30 March between 7:30pm and 11:00pm.

Another child, an 11-month-old baby, is understood to have caught the infection while spending time in the Eastwood area.

They visited the following places while infectious:

  • Eastwood Plaza 152-160 Rowe St Eastwood, including play areas near Woolworths and on the first floor on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 of March;
  • Castle Towers, 6-14 Castle St Castle Hill, including play area on the Lower Ground floor on Tuesday 26 and Friday 29 March;
  • The North Village 10-12 Hezlett Rd Kellyville on Wednesday 27, Friday 29 and Saturday 30 March; and
  • North Village Family Practice, Shop S3 the North Village Kellyville, on Wednesday 27 at 12-1.15pm, Friday 29 5.30-6.30pm and Saturday 30 March 9 to 12pm. 

NSW Health Director of Communicable Diseases Dr Vicky Sheppeard has said that anyone who was in the above locations at the listed times and is susceptible to measles should contact their local public health unit.

"The local public health units are working directly with medical practices and hospitals to follow up other patients present at the same time as the infants, and offer preventive treatment as appropriate," Dr Sheppeard said. 

Symptoms include fever, cough, a red rash and sore eyes.

Anyone who has developed symptoms is advised to call ahead before visiting their GP to ensure that other patients aren't exposed.

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3 April 2019

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