Quakers Hill man's infection takes western Sydney measles count to 16 cases in 2017

There have been 16 recrorded measles cases in western Sydney this year. Picture: Centre for Disease Control

There have been 16 recrorded measles cases in western Sydney this year. Picture: Centre for Disease Control

NSW Health says residents should remain “vigilant” following another measles case in western Sydney this month.

A man contracted the disease at Wyndham College in Quakers Hill. It’s believed he was exposed to another case reported at the school between March 28 and 30.

NSW Health’s director of communicable diseases, Dr Vicky Sheppeard said contact had been made with people who may have been exposed to the virus.

“This brings us to 22 cases of measles in NSW residents with onset in 2017,” Dr Sheppeard said. “This is now 16 locally acquired cases related to the western Sydney outbreak.”

Measles were said to have been “eliminated” from Australia in 2014, but the virus has been brought into the country by international travellers.

“Measles is highly contagious. It can be spread by coughing or sneezing by someone who is infected,” Dr Sheppeard said.

“The best protection from measles is to be vaccinated.”

The man attended Blue Mountains Hospital on Good Friday. He was isolated and is making a good recovery, according to NSW Health.

While infectious, the man visited the following locations:

  • Marion Aged Care Facility, Leichhardt on 10 April
  • Me Oi Vietnamese restaurant, Strathfield on 10 April
  • Lawson shops, Lawson on 10 and 13 April

Dr Sheppeard said people who weren’t vaccinated and were in those locations on the dates should keep an eye out for possible symptoms.

Symptoms include sore eyes, fever, coughing and a red blotchy rash from spreading from the head and neck to the rest of the body.

“People with measles symptoms should stay home from work or school to avoid exposing other vulnerable people, such as infants, to the infection,” she said.

“When attending your GP or the emergency department… please call ahead so arrangements can be made to minimise the risk of spreading the infection to other people.”

More information at the NSW Health website.

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