Measles alert issued after infected person visits shire hot spots

People who have been to Westfield Miranda or travelled on local trains should watch out for measles symptoms after an infected person visited the area. 

South Eastern Sydney Local Health District is warning people about a measles outbreak after the person visited a number of popular spots between September 5-11.

That includes:

  • Miranda Westfield on September 5
  • The train from Cronulla to Miranda, about 4-4.30pm on September 5
  • Din Tai Fung Restaurant in Miranda for dinner on September 5
  • The train from Cronulla to Sutherland, about 5.30-6pm on September 6
  • Kuroneko Ramen Noodle Bar in Sutherland for dinner on September 8
  • Sutherland Hospital Emergency Department from 9.30am on September 10 to 2am on September, 11. Also on Monday between 11am to 7pm.

South Eastern Sydney Local Health District Public Health Director, Professor Mark Ferson, said 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.

Older infants, children and adults born after 1965 who don’t have records of receiving two doses of MMR vaccine, or evidence of previous measles infection, are susceptible to measles.

He said anyone over 12 months of age who has not received one dose of MMR and anyone over 18 months who has not received two doses of measles containing vaccine and may have been in the above specific areas on those days should visit their doctor immediately.

People who visited the areas on Sunday or Monday are able to be vaccinated within 72 hours of visiting.

“The measles virus is highly contagious and is spread through the air by someone who is unwell with the disease,’’ he said.

“People with measles symptoms should stay home from school or work and not go out in public.

“We recommend medical attention be sought, but if you or your child shows these symptoms you should call the doctor’s surgery before you go in so they can make arrangements to see you without the risk of you spreading the virus to other people.’’