Possible measles outbreak after infected child visits public places

Possible measles outbreak after infected child visits public places
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The health authorities warn of a possible measles outbreak after an infectious child has gone to a mall, a community club and two hospitals in Sydney.

According to NSW Health, between October 28 and November 1, the child visited locations in Miranda, Sylvania Heights, Sutherland and Randwick.

Dr. Catherine Bateman-Steel, deputy director of health care in the southeastern local health district, said people should report right away if they have symptoms.

"Anyone staying at these sites and developing measles-like symptoms should consult their family doctor immediately," she said.

media cameraMeasles cause a patchy rash on a person's body. Picture: Generic picture

"Symptoms include fever, sore eyes, and cough, followed by a red, patchy rash three to four days later that spreads from the head and neck to the rest of the body."

The measles virus is highly contagious and is spread by coughing or sneezing in the air if someone does not feel well with the disease.

The time from exposure to onset of symptoms is generally about 10 days, but may be up to 18 days.

The child went to:

• Westfield Miranda on Sunday, October 28 from 2pm to 3.30pm and Tuesday, October 30 from 2pm to 4pm;

• Sylvania Heights Community Club on Monday, October 29, from 10:30 to 11:30;

• Sutherland Hospital Emergency Department on Wednesday, October 31, from 4:30 pm to Thursday, November 1, at 4:00 am;

• Emergency Department of Sydney Children's Hospital (Randwick) on Thursday, November 1, from 3:30 to 11:00.

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