Infectious adult triggers major measles scare in Sydney’s CBD

An adult struck down with the highly contagious measles disease has triggered a major health scare in Sydney’s CBD.

The infected adult recently arrived from overseas and was living in the CBD, having visited a number of locations including the emergency department at Sydney Hospital on Macquarie St, GP clinics in George St, Sydney and Darlinghurst, and a coffee shop on Harris Street in Ultimo between November 26 and December 4.

Dr Catherine Bateman-Steel from the SESLHD said anyone who has been in the locations needs to be alert to the symptoms of measles in the coming weeks.


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“The measles virus is highly contagious and is spread through the air by someone who is unwell with the disease,” Dr Bateman-Steel said.

“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.

“Measles can have serious complications, particularly for young children.”

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