NSW Health issue urgent warning about measles outbreak after ten contract virus

NSW Health is warning about a measles outbreak after six more Sydneysiders contracted the disease.

It takes the number of cases in the past week to 10, with many of the people infected while in the Auburn and Bankstown areas.

NSW Health Director Dr Vicky Sheppeard said the cases reinforced the importance of getting vaccinated.

NSW Health are encouraging people to get vaccinated for measles. Source: Getty Images
NSW Health are encouraging people to get vaccinated for measles. Source: Getty Images

"This brings the total number of cases in NSW, with onset this year, to 19," Dr Sheppeard said.

“A highly effective measles vaccine has been freely available for many years and it is vital for everyone, including adults and children, to have two doses of the measles vaccine during their lifetime.”

Measles symptoms include fever, sore eyes and a cough. Source: Getty Images
Measles symptoms include fever, sore eyes and a cough. Source: Getty Images

The latest cases visited the following known locations before being diagnosed:


  • Wyndham College at Quakers Hill – 28-30 March

  • The train between Flemington and Quakers Hill – 28-30 March

  • Fairfield District Medical Centre – 26 and 31 March

  • Fairfield Hospital Emergency Department – 1 April

  • Westmead Children’s Hospital Emergency Department – 1-2 April.

  • The Auburn area, including Pharmacy 4 Less – 28 March – 4 April and Michel’s Patisserie – 1 April

  • NAS Medical Centre, Auburn – 3 April.

Anyone with symptoms including fever, sore eyes and a cough is encouraged to contact their GP immediately.

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