Health authority issues measles alert in Australia’s New South Wales

The health authority in the Australian State of New South Wales, NSW, has issued a public warning over measles, as one case has been recently confirmed in the state’s north.

NSW Health confirmed on Sunday that the case returned from overseas and there have been ongoing outbreaks of measles in several countries.

Schoolchildren who were on the Singh Company bus on Feb. 5 and those who attended the emergency department at Murwillumbah Hospital were urged to monitor for related symptoms.

The state’s North Coast Regional Director of Population and Public Health, Valerie Delpech said that while these locations pose no ongoing risk, people who visited the above locations should be on the lookout for symptoms.

“Symptoms of measles include fever, runny nose, sore eyes and a cough, usually followed three or four days later by a red, blotchy rash which spreads from the head to the rest of the body.

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“Symptoms may appear between seven and 18 days after exposure, so people need to stay vigilant if they’ve been exposed.

“If they develop symptoms, please call ahead to their GP or emergency department to ensure they do not spend time in the waiting room with other patients”, Delpech said.

According to the health authority, measles is a vaccine-preventable disease that is spread through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

 

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