Health - NSW Issues Measles Alert
New South Wales health authorities are urging people to be alert for symptoms of measles after a man may have brought a case back from a trip to Thailand.
The Illawarra man in his 30s has an uncertain vaccination history. He was at the Lapstone Hotel at Blaxland between 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM on Sunday, 10 November.
The local public health unit staff are looking for people who might have had close contact with the and and are arranging for preventative treatment. Because it can take up to 18 days after exposure to measles for symptoms to occur, people who have been in the same location at the same time as the man should be alert for signs and symptoms of measles until 1 December. Those symptoms include fever, sore eyes, a cough; three or four days after that, the telltale red, blotchy rash appears, spreading from the head to the rest of the body.
Measles in preventable, and doctors urge people born after 1966 to get both doses of the vaccine.