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Information about measles cases reported in City of Ryde

Published on 05 April 2019

Measles alert for Sydney and Maitland: On 10 April 2019, NSW Health published a media release advising students, train passengers and shoppers in Sydney and Maitland to watch out for symptoms of measles after a young woman was diagnosed. The student visited numerous locations while unknowingly infectious. These locations included Macquarie University (various buildings) on Wednesday 3 April.  Find out more.

Northern Sydney Local Health District has requested the following information be provided to City of Ryde residents. 

Northern Sydney Local Health District is asking people to be alert for signs and symptoms of measles after a third person was diagnosed with measles who had spent some time in the Eastwood shopping area in recent weeks.

The three cases were diagnosed at medical practices in Eastwood and the public health unit has contacted patients who attended these practices at the same time as the cases.

Measles is highly contagious and is spread in the air through coughing or sneezing by someone who is unwell with the disease. As these cases also spent time in the local shopping area people who have been in this area over the last couple of weeks should be alert for signs and symptoms of measles.

Symptoms of measles include fever, sore eyes, runny nose and a cough followed three or four days later by a red, blotchy rash spreading from the head and neck to the body.

Should you develop these symptoms please see your local doctor and call ahead to the practice to ensure you do not wait in the waiting room with other patients.

The measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine is safe and protects against measles. People born after 1966 who have not received two doses of the vaccine are considered susceptible to contracting the illness. The vaccine is available free for this group from your local doctor. If you’re unsure whether you’ve had two doses, it’s safe to have another.

For more information or advice on measles please call your local public health unit on 1300 066 055 or visit the Measles page on the NSW Health website. 

 

Last updated on 10 April 2019