Measles alert issued for Wyong train commuters

A Measles alert has been issued by NSW Health which effects Wyong Train Station commuters.
Students, train passengers and shoppers in Sydney and Maitland are being advised to watch out for symptoms of measles after a young woman was diagnosed with the highly-contagious disease.
The university student, who is in her 20s, brings NSW’s measles notifications to 35 since Christmas.
According to NSW Health, the woman caught a train from Wyong Train Station while she was unknowingly infectious, on Friday, April 5.
The train departed from Wyong at 5:12pm heading towards Central Station.
NSW Health Director of Communicable Diseases, Vicky Sheppeard, said people who were at the station at the time, especially those that caught the same train, should be alert for symptoms up to at least April 23.
“We cannot stress enough the need for holidaymakers to be vaccinated before travelling to South-East Asia, because the majority of cases we are seeing are being brought home,” Dr Sheppeard said.
“NSW already has record immunisation rates, but the community is not fully covered, and measles is highly contagious and can stay in the air for up to 30 minutes after an infected person has left a room.
“If you’re not sure if you have had two doses of measles vaccine which provides lifelong protection in 99 out of 100 people, it is safe to get another jab, particularly if you’re heading overseas,” she added.
Symptoms include fever, sore eyes and a cough, followed three or four days later by a red, spotty rash that spreads from the head to the rest of the body.
If infected, people should call ahead to their GP or hospital to ensure they don’t expose people in the waiting room.
Dr Sheppeard said preventive injections can also be given to highly-susceptible people up to six days after exposure to measles.
People can contact their local public health unit for advice on 1300 066 055.

Source:
Media release, Apr 3
NSW Health Media

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