Baby Girl Too Young To Get Vaccinated Catches Measles After Trip To Asia

A fresh measles alert has been issued in NSW after an infant contracted the disease while travelling through Southeast Asia.

The girl, who was too young to receive routine measles vaccinations,  developed measles after she returned home to Sydney.

The infant, who is under 12 months old, is recovering in hospital, said NSW Health on Thursday.

Under the National Immunisation Program, the first measles vaccination is at 12 months.

This is the ninth case of measles detected in NSW in less than a month.

Measles is a highly-infectious communicable disease and is spread by tiny droplets generated through coughing and sneezing.

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“Outbreaks of measles in popular tourist destinations means the risk for measles being imported into Australia at the moment is high,” according to the state's health department.

Earlier this month, two children -- whose parents had chosen not to vaccinate them -- were diagnosed with the measles after returning to Sydney from Sri Lanka.

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In late December, measles was also detected in Queensland, Victoria and South Australia.

"If you develop symptoms please call ahead to your GP so that you do not wait in the waiting room with other patients," NSW Health director of communicable diseases Dr Vicky Sheppeard said in a statement.

Measles Symptoms include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Conjunctivitis (sore, red, eyes)
  • Generally feeling unwell/tiredness
  • Red, blotchy rash spreading from the head and neck to the rest of the body.

Sheppeard said the time from exposure to the development of symptoms from measles is usually about 10-18 days.

NSW Health has again urged anyone travelling to Southeast Asia -- which is experiencing an outbreak of measles -- to ensure they are fully vaccinated before heading overseas.

A Full List Of Times And Locations Of The Infected infant:

- Train from Ingleburn Station to St James Station on Wednesday, January 16 from 2:28pm-3:20pm

- The Strand Arcade, George Street, Sydney on Wednesday, January 16 from 3:30pm-4pm

- Escape Hunt, 4/393 George Street, Sydney on Wednesday, January 16 from 4pm-5:15pm

- Harts Pub, Cnr Essex and Gloucester streets, The Rocks on Wednesday, January 16 from 5:30pm-7:30pm

- The Art Gallery NSW, Art Gallery Rd, Sydney on Wednesday, January 16 from 8:45pm-9:15pm

- Train from Martin Place to Town Hall Station on Wednesday, January 16 from 9:15pm-9:25pm

- Aqua S, 27/501 George Street Sydney on Wednesday, January 16 from 9:30pm-10pm

- Train from Town Hall to Ingleburn (via City Circle) on Wednesday, January 16 from 9:45pm-11:06pm

- The Macarthur Tavern, cnr Gilchrist Drive and Killicar Rd, Campbelltown, on Thursday 17 January from 10:30am-1:30pm

- North Break Café, 1/1 Park Road, Woonona on Friday, January 18 from 4-4:30pm

- Pizza Pasta Please Restaurant, 4 Rennie Road, Campbelltown on Friday, January 18 from 7 – 8:30pm

- Fashion Spree, 5 Viscount Place, Liverpool on Saturday, January 19 from 3:30-5pm

- Officeworks, 34 Queen St, Campbelltown on Sunday, January 20 from 11:30-noon

- Campbelltown Mall, 271 Queen St, Campbelltown on Sunday, January 20 from noon to 2:30pm

- First Care Medical Centre, 14/100 The Parkway, Bradbury on Monday 21 January from 12:45 – 1:10 pm

- Bradbury Village Pharmacy, 100 The Parkway, Bradbury 1:10 – 1:15 pm.

With AAP.