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Measles Alert Issued After Baby Diagnosed With Highly Infectious Disease

A measles alert has been issued for passengers travelling from the Philippines to Sydney after a baby caught the disease and journeyed to NSW's Central Coast.

A fresh measles alert has been issued in NSW after a baby travelling from the Philippines to the Central Coast was diagnosed with the disease.

The infant, aged under 12 months, was infectious while travelling on a flight from Manila which arrived into Sydney Airport on the morning of May 25.

The baby is the 42nd person to be diagnosed with measles in NSW since Christmas.

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NSW Health on Monday urged anyone who was on flight Cebu Pacific flight 5J 41 or who was at Sydney Airport that morning to be alert for symptoms of the disease, which can take up to 18 days to appear.

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The baby was also taken to two Central Coast medical centres while infectious.

Measles symptoms include fever, sore eyes and a cough followed three or four days later by a red, blotchy rash, NSW Health says.

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"If you do develop symptoms, please call ahead to your GP so you do not wait in the waiting room with other patients," communicable diseases acting director Dr Sean Tobin said in a statement.

Despite the high numbers of people being diagnosed with measles, a recent report has shown vaccination rates in NSW are at their highest levels, with more than 95 per cent of five-year-olds vaccinated.