Fourth confirmed measles case for the Sutherland Shire

Two new cases of measles has been confirmed- bringing the total of cases in the Sutherland Shire to four.

South Eastern Sydney Local Health District said there was no direct link between the two new cases so far. They are investigating whether they could be linked to the two previous cases.

Measles is highly infectious and symptoms include fever, sore eyes and a cough followed a few days later by a non-itchy rash, when the fever is still present.

It can have serious complications, particularly for young children or people with weakened immune systems. 

Places visited by the pair include:

  • Victoria Park Pool, Camperdown, September 30, 9am-3pm
  • Pilgrim’s, Cronulla, September 30, 8-9.30pm
  • Heart & Soul Café, Cronulla, October 1, 2-5pm
  • Train from Engadine to Martin Place, October 3-4, about 8-9.30am
  • Train from Martin Place to Engadine, October 3-4, about 5-7pm
  • 20 Martin Place, October 3-4, around 9am-6pm
  • MLC Centre Food Court, Sydney, October 3-4, lunchtime
  • Sutherland Hospital Emergency Department, October 3, 6pm-midnight; and October 9, 5.25-6.45pm 
  • Kirrawee Pharmacy, October 4, 11-11.30am
  • Head Academy Kung Fu Centre, Caringbah, October 7, 10.30am-1pm

There is no ongoing risk of measles at the above venues. 

Public Health Director at South Eastern Sydney Local Health District, Professor Mark Ferson said that older infants, children and adults born after 1965 who do not have records of receiving two doses of Measles-Mumps-Rubella vaccine, or evidence of previous measles infection, are susceptible to measles.

“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 or medical centre before you go in, so they can make arrangements to see you without the risk of you spreading the virus to other people.’’