NSW Health has issued a fresh measles warning for people in Sydney after a young man was diagnosed with the infectious disease.

The man had just returned from New Zealand, which is currently experiencing an outbreak of measles, when he was diagnosed.

He travelled back to Sydney on Virgin Airlines flight VA162 from Queenstown on August 31 and also visited Northern Beaches Hospital medical centre on September 3, 5 and 6. It’s believed that he was infectious during these times.

NSW Health Acting Director Communicable Diseases, Dr Christin Selvey, has said that anyone who visited the medical centre of nearby this area at these times should be on the lookout for symptoms of measles until September 24.

“It can take up to 18 days for symptoms to appear following exposure to a person with measles,” Dr Selvey said. “Anyone who develops symptoms should arrange to see their GP and call ahead to ensure they don’t wait alongside other patients.

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“Symptoms to watch out for include fever, sore eyes and a cough followed three of four days later by a red, blotchy rash that spreads from the head to the rest of the body.”

This is the third measles case in NSW in the past few weeks that has been linked to Queenstown. NSW Health also warned anyone who has travelled to NZ recently to be on the look out for symptoms.

Measles spreads when someone with the diseases coughs or sneezes but can be preventable via a vaccine.

“Measles is one of the most contagious diseases for humans but two doses of measles-mumps-rubella vaccine provide lifelong protection against measles in 99 out of 100 vaccinated people,” Dr Selvey said.

“If you’re unsure whether you’ve been vaccinated against measles in the past, it’s safe to have a dose.”

More info can be found here.

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