Four Sydney venues are on red alert after a case of measles was found in a returned traveller

Sydney residents have been put on alert after a returned traveler from Asia who had contracted measles spent time in multiple locations across the city.

A person in his 50s contracted the infection abroad but developed symptoms after returning to Sydney.

Since becoming unwell, the person has spent time in the following places while contagious:

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•Andrew’s Catholic Church Malabar for Mass, Sunday, September 4 at 10:30 am

• Tyree Energy Building, University of NSW on Tuesday 6 September (all day)

• Lounge Restaurant, University of NSW on Tuesday 6 September from 12.15pm to 2.00pm

•Pacific Square, Maroubra on Wednesday, September 7th, 9am to 11am

The person is now isolated in hospital.

Measles is a highly contagious disease. Recognition: Unsplash/CDC

dr NSW Health chief executive Jeremy McAnulty said the sites did not pose an ongoing health risk but urged those present on the special days of concern to watch for symptoms until September 24.

“If you develop symptoms, please call your GP to make sure you’re not waiting in the waiting room with other patients,” McAnulty said.

Measles is a highly contagious disease transmitted by droplets when an infected person coughs and sneezes.

Symptoms include fever, sore eyes, and coughing, followed three to four days later by a red, blotchy rash all over the body.

McAnulty said the incident highlights the importance of ensuring everyone is vaccinated against measles.

“Maintaining high measles immunization rates within the community reduces the risk of measles being imported into Australia by returned travelers and, through herd immunity, reduces the local spread of the virus when introduced,” he said.

“The measles, mumps and rubella vaccine is a safe and effective protection against measles. It’s free for anyone born during or after 1966 who has not yet received two doses.

“If you’re not sure if you’ve received two doses, it’s safe to get another.”

These are the first measles cases in NSW since February 2020.

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