Two babies too young to be vaccinated infected with measles in Sydney

Two babies too young to be vaccinated infected with measles in Sydney

  • Two babies too young to be vaccinated have contracted measles in Sydney, as NSW is on track to record its highest rate of the disease in five years.
  • The infants likely caught the infection from two previously reported measles cases, who spent time in a number of public places while infectious: a backpacker in the CBD and a man in Eastwood.
  • The babies bring the total number of measles cases in NSW since Christmas to 29.
  • The two cases highlight the importance of maintaining high rates of measles immunisation within communities to cut the risk of travellers unknowingly acquiring the disease overseas and bringing it back to Australia, NSW Health advised.
  • Eastwood Plaza, including play areas near Woolworths and on the first floor on Saturday, March 23 and Sunday, March 24;.Castle Towers, including the play area on the lower ground floor on Tuesday, March 26 and Friday, March 29;.The North Village, Kellyville on Wednesday, March 27, Friday, March 29 and ?Saturday, March 30;.North Village Family Practice, Kellyville, on? Wednesday, March 27 between 12 noon and 1.15pm, Friday, March 29 between 5.30pm and 6.30pm and Saturday, March 30 between ?9am and 12 noon.
  • NSW Health director of communicable diseases Dr Vicky Sheppeard said people who may be? susceptible to measles and were present at the above locations at the identified ?times should contact their local public health unit for advice.
  • Measles is spread in the air through coughing or sneezing? by someone who is unwell with the disease.