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MEASLES ALERT: NORTHERN BEACHES AND PARRAMATTA

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MEASLES ALERT: NORTHERN BEACHES AND PARRAMATTA

Northern Sydney Local Health District (NSLHD) today issued a measles alert following confirmation of a case on the Northern Beaches.

NSLHD’s public health director Michael Staff said the person most likely contracted the illness whilst recently visiting Melbourne.

“Victorian health authorities report there have been 11 cases of measles diagnosed in Melbourne in the past two weeks, with infectious people visiting a number of locations including the central business district, the MCG and Melbourne Airport,” Dr Staff said.

“It’s very important to prevent further spread of this serious illness.”

Dr Staff said the person diagnosed over the weekend had, whilst infectious, been to:

  • Warringah Mall from 12.30pm to 4pm on Saturday September 23
  • Borders Skateboard, Brookvale, from 10am to 11am on Sunday September 24
  • Decked Out Games, Brookvale, from 11am to 12 noon on Sunday September 24
  • Skate parks at Miller Reserve, Cromer, and St Matthews Farm, Manly Vale, from 3.30pm to 5pm on Sunday September 24
  • Riverside Theatre at Parramatta between 10am and 1pm on Tuesday September 26.

Dr Staff said anyone who had been at those locations should be aware of the symptoms of measles and seek medical attention if they become unwell.

Measles is highly infectious. Symptoms include fever, sore eyes and a cough followed a few days later by a non-itchy rash, when the fever is still present. The rash starts on the face, spreads down the body and lasts four to seven days. Measles can have serious complications, particularly for young children or people with weakened immune systems.

For further information please visit the Northern Sydney Local Health District website.

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