Measles alert issued for northern NSW

A health warning has been issued for the far north coast of NSW after a confirmed case of measles travelled through the area.

A Queenslander visited Mullumbimby while infectious over the weekend (November 2-3).

People who may have visited the IGA or the Liberty Petrol Station could have been exposed.


The exact times and locations that the infectious person visited are below.

  • Saturday, 2 November in the afternoon – Mullumbimby IGA
  • Sunday, 3 November, approximately 1:30pm – Liberty Petrol Station Mullumbimby

Acting Director of North Coast Public Health Unit, Greg Bell says there is no ongoing risk at those locations, though anyone who may have been there over the weekend should allow 18 days for measles symptoms to appear.

“Symptoms to watch out for include fever, sore eyes and a cough followed three or four days later by a red, blotchy rash that spreads from the head to the rest of the body.

“Anyone who develops symptoms of measles should arrange to see their GP and limit their exposure to others, including patients at the GP clinic,” Mr Bell said.

Everyone in the Mullumbimby area is now being urged to ensure they’ve had two doses of the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine, which provides lifelong protection in 99 out of 100 people who are vaccinated.

“The measles-mumps-rubella vaccine is safe and effective protection against measles,” Mr Bell said.

“It’s free for anyone born during or after 1966 who hasn’t already had two doses. If you’re unsure whether you’ve had two doses, it’s safe to have another.”

Measles is highly contagious and spreads through the air when someone who is infectious with the disease coughs or sneezes.

While the risk of infection is low in fully-vaccinated people, health experts urge anyone who comes into contact with a person with measles to watch for symptoms.

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