MEASLES ALERT: Warning after infectious baby visits Sydney tourist hot spots

NSW Health has issued a warning after an infant visited several of Sydney’s most popular tourist destinations while infected with measles.

The Government Department said the child was not vaccinated and developed the highly infectious illness shortly after arriving in Sydney from South East Asia.

Last Friday, the family travelled on a bus to and from Marayong and Blacktown station before getting on a train to and from Blacktown and Circular Quay station.


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They then caught the ferry to and from Circular Quay and Taronga Zoo wharf and visited the Opera House, Botanical Gardens, Darling Harbour and Chinatown.

On Saturday, the family were at Siesta Villa East Jindabyne and Perisher Ski Resort, before heading to Papparich and Coles in Canberra Centre on Sunday.

They also visited the Lindt Chocolate Factory in Marsden Park on Sunday.

Dr Vicky Sheppeard, Director Communicable Diseases NSW Health, said anyone who was in the above locations should watch for symptoms.

“The time from exposure to the disease to the onset of symptoms is typically about 10 days but can be as long as 18 days so people should be alert to symptoms until 6 September,” Dr Sheppeard said.

Measles 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.

Dr Sheppeard said infants under 12 months of age who are too young to be vaccinated and young adults are most likely to be susceptible to measles.

She urged anyone who believes they may have symptoms to visit their GP and limit their exposure to others until the GP has made a diagnosis.

“Our public health units are contacting people known to have been in contact with this latest case to offer preventive injections, where appropriate,” Dr Sheppeard said.

“Vaccination is your best protection against this extremely contagious disease.”

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