Sydney Measles Scare

Two unvaccinated children with measles have flown into Sydney from Sri Lanka, prompting a health warning over the contagious virus.

The case is the seventh Sydney measles outbreak reported this month alone.

 The children from Northern Sydney developed symptoms during a scheduled stopover in Singapore, but a diagnosis was not made until they returned to Sydney.

The children visited a number of locations while infectious, including a medical centre and Emergency Deprtment.

Patients attending these locations at the same time as the children are being contacted directly and offered preventive therapy where relevant.

Flight 221 from Singapore

NSW Health on Tuesday issued a warning to people who were on flight SQ221 from Singapore which arrived in Sydney on January 11.

Two children on the flight were diagnosed with measles on Tuesday.

The children caught the train on January 11 from the International Airport to Meadowbank via Central.

The locations include heavily trafficked areas of Sydney airport and trains.

Sydney Measles: Locations of unvaccinated children

Thursday 10 – Friday 11 JanuarySingapore Airlines Flight SQ 221 departing Singapore 8:40pm, arriving Sydney International Airport Friday 11 January 7:40am
Friday 11 JanuarySydney International Airport, including baggage carousels, customs, and arrivals area, Friday morning Sydney International Airport Train Station, train to Meadowbank (via Central station), arriving Meadowbank at 9:30 am
Sunday 13 JanuaryRyde Hospital Emergency Department, Denistone Road, Eastwood, 7:40am-9:10am
Monday 14 JanuaryCarlingford Epping Surgery General Practice, 5 Lloyds Avenue, Carlingford, 9:30am-10:30amDouglass Hanly Moir Pathology, 5 Lloyds Avenue Carlingford, 10:30 am – 11:00amDouglass Hanly Moir Pathology, 27 Rembrandt Street Carlingford 10:50am – 11:20am

What to do?

People who may have come into contact with the children have been warned to be alert for symptoms until late January.

“If you develop symptoms please call ahead to your GP so that you do not wait in the waiting room with other patients,” communicable diseases director Dr Vicky Sheppeard said in a statement.

Recent Sydney Measles Scare

The warning comes a day after another airport measles scare involving a man who flew into Sydney from Manila on January 11.

Sydney Measles Scare: Vaccination Rates

Vaccination rates for five-year-olds have increased from 88 per cent to 95 per cent between 2010 and 2017. Symptoms of measles include fever, sore eyes and a cough, followed three or four days later by a red, blotchy rash, NSW Health says.

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