This follows the alert on 29 December of a separate incident where a
young adult Sydney resident, recently returned from Thailand, was also
diagnosed with measles.
resident, also a young adult, was unknowingly susceptible to measles and was
infectious while visiting NSW between 26 to 30 December.
The ACT resident was in the
following locations while infectious:
- McDonald’s, Thornleigh, from
12:30 – 1pm on Wednesday 26 December
- Several visits to Deepwater
Plaza Woy Woy and Umina Beach Shopping
Centre between Wednesday 26 – Sunday 30 December
- Jasmine Café, Umina Beach, 9
– 10:30am, Sunday 30 December
Dr Vicky Sheppeard, Director Communicable Diseases NSW Health, said
anyone who was in these locations at the same time should watch for symptoms.
“The time from exposure to the disease to the
onset of symptoms is typically about 10
days but can be as long as 18 days so people should be alert to symptoms until
mid-January,” Dr Sheppeard said.
symptoms 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 infants under 12 months of age who are too young to be
vaccinated and young adults are most likely to be susceptible to measles.
“People in the 20-40 year age bracket may have missed out on the full
vaccination program for measles and mistakenly believe they are protected
against the disease.
measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine is safe and highly effective protection
against measles, and I urge anyone travelling to South East Asia to see their
GP for a free shot if they are not
“If you are unsure whether you have had two doses, it is quite safe to
have another dose before you travel.”
children from potentially deadly diseases is a key priority for the NSW
Government, which has invested approximately $130 million in the 2018-19
Immunisation Program budget, including Commonwealth and state vaccines.
Annual Immunisation Coverage Report shows vaccination rates in NSW are at their
highest level ever, with more than 94 per cent of five year olds vaccinated
NSW children at one and five
years of age have some of the highest measles vaccine uptake in Australia,
boosted by programs including the:
- Save the Date app campaign
($5.5 million invested since 2013)
- Aboriginal Immunisation
Health Worker program ($1.3 million annually)
- New NSW Government laws that
came in on 1 January preventing parents who object to vaccination from
enrolling their children in preschools and early childhood centres.
Measles is highly contagious and is spread in the air through coughing or
sneezing by someone who is unwell with the disease.
Dr Sheppeard said it was important for people to see the GP if they have
symptoms, and limit exposure to others until the GP has made a diagnosis.
“If you develop symptoms please call ahead to your GP so that you do not
wait in the waiting room with other patients,” Dr Sheppeard said.
“Medical and public health staff are contacting people known to have been
in contact with this latest case to offer preventive injections, where
“Vaccination is your best protection against this extremely contagious
disease.” For more information on measles, visit: