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MEASLES OUTBREAK: Sydney residents have been warned to be on high alert

NSW Health has issued a warning for Sydney residents to be on high alert and look out for measles symptoms.

This comes after an infected tourist has visited several popular attractions and restaurants in Sydney’s CBD before they were confirmed to have contracted the contagious viral illness.

A typical measles rash

Places the infected person went to in Sydney

The tourist visited these following known locations and restaurants while infectious:

  • The Queen Victoria Building
  • Pitt Street shopping area
  • Circular Quay
  • Central Station
  • Leichhardt
  • Flight from Melbourne (VA841, 11.30am from Tullamarine Airport) on July 15
  • Madang Korean BBQ restaurant on Pitt Street for dinner on July 15
  • Pancakes On The Rocks restaurant in the Rocks for lunch on July 16
  • Hokka Hokka restaurant at Westfield Sydney for dinner on July 16
  • Cafe Gioi in Leichhardt for lunch on July 18
  • Yu Xiang Hot Pot restaurant on Hay St. for dinner on July 18
  • On the train from Town Hall to Green Square before midday on July 19
  • The Grounds of Alexandria restaurant in Alexandria for lunch on July 19
  • Abb Air Thai Restaurant on Goulburn Street on July 19
  • Leichhardt Medical and Dental Centre on July 18 and July 19

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Dr Vicky Sheppeard, Director Communicable Diseases for NSW Health, says: “Symptoms to watch 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.

“Measles is highly infectious and is spread through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

“If you or a family member experience symptoms we recommend you see your GP, but call ahead to make arrangements to be seen without risking exposing others to the infection.”

This is the first case of measles in NSW since March, when there was an outbreak triggered by a traveller from Bali.

According To The NSW Health Press Release People With Measles Symptoms Should:

  • Seek medical advice as soon as possible
  • Stay home from work or school
  • Limit other activities to avoid exposing others
  • Call ahead before visiting the doctor or emergency department so that arrangements can be made to minimise the risk of spreading the infection.

For more information about measles, as well as the signs and symptoms, read NSW Health’s guide here.

If you are worried or need support, we advise you speak to your GP as soon as possible.

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Jennifer Hartnett

Jennifer is our Senior News Producer with a passion for trending news and lifestyle stories. Jennifer spends the rest of her time running around after her son Kian.