Measles warning after infected baby attends Sydney Wiggles concert, Westfield mall
A baby infected with measles has sparked a health alert in western Sydney after going to a Wiggles concert as well as numerous other venues in the highly populated district.NSW Health is warning people in western Sydney to be on the lookout for measles symptoms after the baby spent time there last month while contagious.The baby is too young to be vaccinated for the highly-infectious virus and NSW Health is investigating how the child was exposed to the disease.
It is not believed to be linked to another case diagnosed last month in another baby who had spent time in western Sydney, after acquiring the illness in India.
The baby attended The Wiggles concert in Campbelltown as well as a swim centre in Jamisontown.NSW Health’s Director of Communicable Disease Christine Selvey says parents who visited these areas with their children should be alert for symptoms.Early symptoms of measles include coughing, a runny nose and sore, red eyes. A red, blotchy rash can appear three to four days later.
Symptoms can take up to 18 days to appear after exposure, and anyone who thinks their child may have contracted measles should call a GP for a test.
“Measles is a highly contagious infection, and the most vulnerable are infants under 12 months, who are too young to be vaccinated against it,” Dr Selvey said on Thursday.Everyone born in or after 1966 should check that they have had two doses of the vaccine.
People who may have been exposed at the following locations should monitor for symptoms:
- Dunn & Farrugia Fencing And Gates, Jamisontown on 23, 24, 29 and 30 March
- Womra Crescent GP Surgery, Glenmore Park on 29 and 31 March
- Nepean Village Shopping Centre, Penrith on 23 March 23 to 2 April
- The Dive In Swimming Academy, Jamisontown on 24 March
- Penrith Westfield on 24 March
- Kickin’ Inn Penrith, Jamisontown on 24 March
- Chemist Warehouse, Penrith HomeMaker Centre, on 25 March
- Macarthur Square on 27 March
- HomeCo Glenmore Park Town Centre, on 29 March
- The Wiggles Concert at The Cube, Campbelltown Convention Entertainment Centre on 30 March
- Bunnings Penrith on 31 March
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