Measles Outbreak Spreads Across Four Australian States

NSW Health authorities have confirmed a case of measles in Sydney just days after three other Australian states confirmed cases.

A young man was diagnosed with the disease after returning home from a trip to Thailand.

The man, who has not been identified, was unknowingly susceptible to measles and developed symptoms, during which time he visited a number of popular locations while infectious.

NSW Health authorities are warning people who visited the locations at the same time to be on the lookout for measles symptoms.

  •  Governor Phillip Tower, Sydney on morning of Thursday 20 December
  • Totti’s, 283 Bondi Road, Bondi, on afternoon of Thursday 20 December
  • The Workout Club, 171 William Street, Darlinghurst on  Friday 21 December (8am-9am)
  • Australian Golf Club, Roseberry on Friday 21 December (11:30am – 4:30pm)
  • Holy Duck, Kensington Street, Chippendale, on Saturday 22 December around dinner-time
  • David Jones, Elizabeth Street and Kidstuff, Pitt Street, Sydney on Sunday 23 December around mid-afternoon
  • St Vincent’s Emergency Department in the evening Monday 24 until Christmas morning and again in the afternoon and evening on Thursday 27 December

Director Communicable Diseases at NSW Health, Dr Vicky Sheppeard said the time from exposure to the development of symptoms from measles is usually about 10-18 days.

"So people should be alert to symptoms until January 14,” Sheppeard said.

The Sydney man has since recovered and is no longer infectious.

The alert comes in the same week people in Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide were also confirmed to have contracted measles.

Health bodies have issued warnings for others who may have come into contact with these people over the Christmas period.

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

Two new cases of measles have been confirmed in people who may have been infectious when they visited popular spots around Victoria, while in unrelated cases, one man in Brisbane and a 15-year-old girl in South Australia were believed to have contracted the disease while overseas.

Victoria's health department said those patients had been potentially infectious between December 10 and December 22.

The patients visited a number of crowded areas including Melbourne Airport where a flight was taken to Canberra, as well as a David Jones store and the Queen Victoria Markets in the city.

Authorities have warned people who visited the following locations at the same time to look out for measles symptoms, particularly if they were there in the seven to 18 days prior to the onset of illness.

  • UNITE 2018 Syro-Malabar National Youth Conference, Philip Island Adventure Resort, Cowes on Monday 10 December until 3pm
  • Melbourne Airport on Tuesday 11 December between 10.30am – 11.30am
  • Tiger Airways flight TT665 on Tuesday 11 December departed Melbourne 11.30am to Canberra
  • David Jones, Melbourne on Saturday 22 December between 12.30pm – 2.30pm
  • Queen Victoria Market, Melbourne on Saturday 22 December between 2.30pm – 4.30pm

Queensland health authorities confirmed a man, who has not been identified, was believed to have contracted the disease while travelling overseas.

The Metro North Hospital and Health Services said he was infectious during a nine-day period in which he visited a number of public locations around Christmas

Authorities have warned people who visited the following locations at the same time as the man to look out for measles symptoms.

  • Felons Brewing Co at 5 Boundary Street Brisbane City (under the Storey Bridge) on Sunday 16 December from around 5pm until midnight.
  • Oxford Street Bulimba, including Oxford 152, around lunchtime on Wednesday 19 December.
  • Eatons Hill Shopping Centre, including Woolworths, from around 4pm to 5.30pm on Thursday 20 December.
  • The Prince Charles Hospital Emergency Department on Wednesday 19 December from 7.30pm to midnight and Friday 21 December from 5pm to 9pm.

The young girl in Adelaide was said to have visited a Dan Murphy's store and a shopping centre in Golden Grove, and a shopping centre and Bunnings warehouse in Modbury, all on December 21.

Authorities said anyone who develops measles-like symptoms within the next fortnight should stay home and contact their GP for advice.

Measles Symptoms
  • fever
  • lethargy
  • runny nose
  • moist cough
  • sore and red eyes
  • blotchy, red rash which starts on the face and neck and then spreads across the body, will appear a few days after initial symptoms.

READ MORE: What You Need To Know About The Measles Outbreak In Australia

Further advice is available by calling 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84).

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