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.


“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.”