Health authorities have issued an urgent warning about measles after discovering even more cases in QLD, VIC and NSW.

Another confirmed case in Victoria

There is another confirmed (unrelated) case of measles in a person who may have been infectious whilst attending multiple public areas across metropolitan Melbourne between Saturday 16 March and Monday 25 March 2019.

Saturday 16 March
Australian Grand Prix – Jones Stand, Gate 2 entrance and food areas at Gate 1

Sunday 17 March
12pm – 1pm
Woolworths Braybrook

Sunday 17 March
Day
Australian Grand Prix – Fangio Stand, Gate 2 entrance and food areas at Gate 1

Monday 18 March
1pm – 2pm
Woolworths Braybrook

Thursday 21 March
5am – 8am
QF1543 Brisbane to Canberra

Thursday 21 March
8am – 10am
QF809 Melbourne to Canberra

Thursday 21 March
10am – 11am
Melbourne Airport – Terminal 1

Thursday 21 March
10:30am – 11:30am
Skybus Airport Shuttle to Melbourne, Southern Cross Station

Thursday 21 March
11am – 11:30am
Southern Cross Station – Bus Terminal

Thursday 21 March
Day
Nomads All National Hostel – Spencer Street, Melbourne

Friday 22 March
Day
Nomads All National Hostel

Friday 22 March
9:00pm – 9:30pm
7-Eleven, 2 Spencer Street, Melbourne

Saturday 23 March

Nomads All National Hostel

Saturday 23 March
6pm – 7pm
Chemist Warehouse, Paramount Centre, Bourke Street, Melbourne

Sunday 24 March
Nomads All National Hostel

 

A measles alert has been issued for Brisbane’s north side.

Queensland Health: The adult man was unknowingly infectious from 13 March to 21 March while visiting the following locations:

> The Sportsman Hotel, Spring Hill – 8-10.30pm Fri 15 March
> Ferny Grove train line Mitchelton to Brisbane Central Station – 1.30pm Sat 16 March
> Fitness First Gymnasium, Elizabeth St, Brisbane – 4pm-5.30pm Sun 17 March
> Palace Cinemas, James St, Fortitude Valley – 8.30pm-11pm Mon 18 March
> Discount Drug Stores, Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley – 10.30am – 11.30 am Tues 19 March and 10.30am – 11.30am Thurs 21 March

People who were in these locations on these dates should seek medical advice if they develop symptoms.

The initial symptoms of measles include fever, lethargy, runny nose, moist cough and sore and red eyes.

This is followed a few days later by a blotchy, red rash. The rash often starts on the face then becomes widespread over the body. Contact your GP or call 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84) for more information.

New measles case in Victoria

There is a confirmed case of measles in a person who may have been infectious whilst attending multiple public areas across metropolitan Melbourne between Saturday 16 March and Monday 18 March 2019, reports Vic Health.

The illness was acquired in the Northern Territory where there is currently an outbreak of measles.

The infectious person visited the below places:

Saturday 16 March – Australian Grand Prix – Jones Stand, Gate 2 entrance and food areas at Gate 1

Sunday 17 March, 12pm – 1pm – Woolworths Braybrook

Sunday 17 March –
Australian Grand Prix – Fangio Stand, Gate 2 entrance and food areas at Gate 1

Monday 18 March, 1pm – 2pm – Woolworths Braybrook

FOUR new measles alerts have been issued for Sydney.

NSW Health is urging people to be alert for measles symptoms after a backpacker and primary school student were diagnosed with the highly-contagious disease.

The latest cases involve a man and an unvaccinated primary school student, taking the total number of people diagnosed with measles in NSW since December to 25.

The man, who is in his 20s, was infectious while staying at the Central Perk Backpacker’s Hostel in Haymarket in Sydney’s CBD. He is believed to have been vaccinated against measles as a child, but the number of doses cannot be verified.

The local Public Health Unit has visited the hostel to provide preventive injections and advice to other residents.

While infectious, the man also visited:

Coles World Square, 650 George Street several times between March 9 and 18

Other shops near the hostel and World Square between March 9 and 18

St Vincent’s Hospital Emergency Department, March 18 between 2:45pm-3:30pm

People who visited those venues at the same time as the man should be alert for symptoms of measles until 5 April. It can take up to 18 days for symptoms to appear following exposure.

Parents of students at Bonnyrigg Heights Primary School, where the child with measles attends, are also advised to watch out for symptoms in their children. Students who haven’t had two doses of measles vaccine should stay away from school until April 2.

While infectious the child visited:

Russell’s Barber Shop, Wilson Road, Green Valley on March 14 between 11:00am and 12:30pm

Edensor Road Family Medical Centre, 195 Edensor Road, Edensor Park on March 18 between 11:00am and 11:45am

Fairfield Hospital Emergency Department on 18 March between 12:35pm and 1:45pm

The local Public Health Unit is contacting other patients who may have come into contact with the infectious child at the medical centre and hospital.

NSW Health Director of Communicable Diseases Dr Vicky Sheppeard said while the places visited by the man and student pose no ongoing risk, people who may be susceptible to measles and were there at same time should contact their local Public Health Unit on 1300 066 055.

NSW Health is alerting airline passengers and shoppers after two more people were diagnosed with measles in Western Sydney after travelling overseas.

Two other unrelated cases involve travellers who returned from South East Asia.

One is a teenager who returned from the Philippines and was infectious while on flight CEBU Pacific 5J41, which left Manila at 11:30pm on 16 March and arrived in Sydney at 10:30am on 17 March.

The teenager was reported to have been vaccinated as a child, although the number of doses received cannot be verified.

People who were on the same flight and at Sydney Airport’s T1 International terminal between 10:30am and 1:15pm should be alert for symptoms of measles until April 5.

While infectious, the teenager also visited:
Pacific Chinese Restaurant at Blacktown on 17 March 2019 between 2:00pm and 3.15pm
Stanhope Medical and Dental Centre on 18 March between 2:45pm and 4.00pm

The other case involves a man in his 30s who developed measles after returning to Sydney from Thailand. His vaccination status is unknown.

While infectious, he attended the My Health Medical Centre at Eastwood Shopping Centre.

People who visited the centre on Monday 18 March between 12pm and 1pm should also be alert for signs and symptoms of measles until 5 April, as the time from exposure to symptoms can be up to 18 days.

Public Health Unit staff are working with both medical centres to contact patients who were at the practice at the same time as the teenager and man to arrange preventive treatment as required.

Previously on this story

Previously we shared that people who holidayed in Bali and visitors to the Sydney Opera House were among hundreds urged to look out for measles symptoms after a young woman and baby contracted the disease, shares news.com.au.

In one case, a woman aged in her 20s developed the measles rash after arriving in Sydney from Bali on Qantas flight QF44 about 6.30am on February 21.

Health officials are advising those on the flight, in the Sydney international terminal and visitors to the Opera House later that day to remain on the lookout for measles signs and symptoms until March 16.

The woman also stayed at the Langham Hotel on Kent St in Sydney last month.

Young Baby suffering confirmed case

A Sydney baby — too young to receive their routine measles vaccine — also developed the disease after arriving home from the Philippines.

While infectious the infant visited:
Macquarie Shopping Centre, Tuesday February 26, between 1pm and 2pm
My Health Macquarie, Friday March 1, 10:15am – 11:30am and Saturday March 2, 11:30am – 12pm
Macquarie Shopping Centre, Saturday March 2, between 9am and 12pm
Penny Lane Café, 1/31 Brighton St, Curl Curl, Sunday March 3, between 8am and 9am
Northern Beaches Hospital, Sunday March 3, between 12:40pm and 1:45pm

Those at risk should look out for symptoms until March 21.

The time from exposure to the onset of symptoms is between a week and 18 days. Symptoms 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.

QLD health also issue a public warning

Queensland health authorities have issued an alert to residents living in the Brisbane area after another measles case was identified, shares 9 news.

It is understood the infected person visited multiple locations on Brisbane’s south side between February 16 and 23.

– Victoria Point Mall, each afternoon on Saturday 16 February, Sunday 17 February, and Wednesday 20 of February.
– Norm Price Park, Redland Showgrounds, Cleveland on Saturday16 February between 5pm and 9pm.
– Aldi Supermarket, Victoria Point, on the afternoon of Sunday 17 February.
– Carmel College, Thornlands, on the Monday 18 February and Tuesday 19 February.
– Good Life Gym, Cleveland, on the afternoon of Monday 18 February.
– Princess Polly Warehouse Sale, Highland Park, Saturday 23 February between 8.20am and 2.30pm.

The alert marks the 32nd measles outbreak case around the country since Christmas, and the second in Queensland.

A person travelling back to Australia from South East Asia was identified as the state’s first case just two weeks ago after presenting to the Sunshine Coast Hospital on February 16.

Public urged to vaccinate NOW!

NSW Health urges everyone to ensure they are fully vaccinated before heading overseas. Infants under 12 months of age can receive their first measles vaccine as early as 9 months old to protect them when they travel.

“The measles-mumps-rubella vaccine is safe and effective protection against measles,” Dr Sheppeard said.

“It is 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 quite safe to have another.”

Measles is highly contagious and is spread in the air through coughing or sneezing by someone who is unwell with the disease.

Parents are terrified

Understandably parents of young children that are too young to receive their vaccination are concerned and reaching out for advice on how to keep their little ones safe.

One mum asked on Facebook how she could protect her five month old baby.

“Does anyone know how young you can vaccinate your baby for measles? All these outbreaks around Sydney are scaring me and the app says he is not scheduled to have it until 18 months, he is currently 5 months old.”

The mum was advised it was important to avoid touristy places and make sure her and husband were both up to date on the vaccine themselves.

NSW health advises infants under 12 months of age can receive their first measles vaccine as early as 9 months old to protect them when they travel.

It is always best to chat to your doctor if you are concerned.

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  • This is getting scary now. I hope the disease doesn’t spread.

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  • Vaccinate Vaccinate Vaccinate!!

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  • In WA they have just confirmed that there is now a free vaccinations for adults born after 1965.
    I had measles as a child so I think I don’t really need it.

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  • Not good at all! While not a health emergency just yet, it’s certainly something to be concerned about.

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  • Thanks for the update.

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  • So scary. All can be avoided with vaccinations

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  • It would be great to see this disease eradicated.

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  • Wow! It is a bit scary for people knowing that these types of things are going around. Hopefully there wont be too many more cases

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  • This is so scary having a baby who’s too young to be vaccinated!!!

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  • Vaccination only goes so far, but it helps that’s for sure. I’ve personally never had them and fingers crossed Bub doesn’t get them.

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  • These diseases can spread so quickly and easily!

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  • Vaccinate… It helps everyone, not jst you.

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  • More and more cases… it’s really upsetting. :-(

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  • This is so worrying when you have young children. Im not sure why people don’t vaccinate their kids. The alternative is so much worse

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  • Scary when you’re about to have a baby but also for the people who don’t get immunity from the vaccine.

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