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Measles Warning For Sydney After Two Separate Cases In Babies

Two infants, too young to be vaccinated, have been diagnosed with measles in separate cases in Sydney.

NSW Health said the two infants, aged eight months and 11 months, both most likely acquired the infection from recent cases.

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Measles (Image Ten News First)

The eight-month-old was like infected in the Haymarket area of the CBD, and NSW Health has warned  people who may have travelled to these locations while infectious:

• Yass Korean BBQ Buffet, 1/39 The Boulevarde, Strathfield on Tuesday 26 March, between 6:30pm and 10pm; • Time Brasserie (restaurant/café), Shop 11, Level 1 Time Plaza Hurstville 127-137 Forest Rd Hurstville on Wednesday 27 March between 4pm and 5:30pm; and • St George Hospital Emergency Department, 28a Gray St Kogarah on Saturday 30 March between 7:30pm and 11:00pm.

The 11 month old is believed to have been infected in the north-west suburb of Eastwood, and visited the following places before being diagnosed:

• Eastwood Plaza 152-160 Rowe St Eastwood, including play areas near Woolworths and on the first floor on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 of March; • Castle Towers, 6-14 Castle St Castle Hill, including play area on the Lower Ground floor on Tuesday 26 and Friday 29 March; • The North Village 10-12 Hezlett Rd Kellyville on Wednesday 27, Friday 29 and Saturday 30 March; and • North Village Family Practice, Shop S3 the North Village Kellyville, on Wednesday 27 at 12-1.15pm, Friday 29 5.30-6.30pm and Saturday 30 March 9 to 12pm.

A person infrected with measles (Image Ten News First)

Symptoms of measles 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.

While there is no ongoing risk of infection at these locations, NSW Health Director of Communicable Diseases, Doctor Vicky Sheppeard, said those who are susceptible to the disease and were in those locations at the same time should seek medical advice.

“The local public health units are working directly with medical practices and hospitals to follow up other patients present at the same time as the infants, and offer preventive treatment as appropriate,” Sheppeard said.

“If you develop symptoms, please call ahead to your GP to ensure you do not wait in the waiting room with other patients."

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Sheppeard also said it is important to be vaccinated against the infection to improve herd immunity, to reduce the risk of it being spread if the virus locally if it is imported by returning travellers.

“Herd immunity provides protection to those unable to be vaccinated such as infants and people with weakened immune systems,” she said.

“The measles-mumps-rubella vaccine is safe and effective protection against measles. It’s free for anyone born during or after 1966 who hasn’t already had two doses. If you’re unsure whether you’ve had two doses, it’s safe to have another.”