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Dr. Vicky Sheppeard

Director of Communicable Diseases

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212-220 Keen Street

Lismore, New South Wales 2480

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Dr Vicky Sheppeard, Director of Communicable Diseases at NSW Health said that measles is highly contagious among people who are not fully immunised.

"Measles is highly infectious and is spread through coughing and sneezing. Symptoms can include fever, tiredness, runny nose, cough and sore red eyes which usually last for several days before a red, blotchy rash appears. Complications can range from an ear infection and diarrhoea to pneumonia or swelling of the brain," Dr Sheppeard said.
She advised that the three young men (aged 25 - 35 years) have recently spent time in Earlwood, Hurlstone Park, Alexandria and Waterloo, while potentially infectious with measles. The men also visited local medical centres in Rozelle, Croydon, Rockdale as well as the Royal Prince Alfred Emergency Department while infectious during the past week.
The time from exposure to the onset of symptoms is typically around 10 days but can be as long as 21 days, so there may be other cases in the community now or people who will be developing symptoms over the next few weeks.
Dr Sheppeard advised parents of infants or other people who aren't fully vaccinated against measles to be on the lookout for symptoms of measles.
"If symptoms develop please phone ahead when seeking medical attention to ensure you don't share the waiting area with other patients," Dr Sheppeard said.


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Dr Vicky Sheppeard, director of communicable diseases at NSW Health, said in a statement the cases were confirmed on Friday, but added that it is "very unlikely" the infection will spread locally.

"It is very unlikely that Zika virus established local transmission in NSW as the mosquitoes that spread the infection are not established here - although they are found in some parts of Queensland," Dr Sheppeard said.


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Dr Vicky Sheppeard, director of communicable diseases at NSW Health, said in a statement the cases were confirmed on Friday, but added that it is "very unlikely" the infection will spread locally.

"It is very unlikely that Zika virus established local transmission in NSW as the mosquitoes that spread the infection are not established here - although they are found in some parts of Queensland," Dr Sheppeard said.


Dr Vicky Sheppeard, director ...

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Dr Vicky Sheppeard, director of communicable diseases at NSW Health, said in a statement the cases were confirmed on Friday, but added that it is "very unlikely" the infection will spread locally.

"It is very unlikely that Zika virus established local transmission in NSW as the mosquitoes that spread the infection are not established here - although they are found in some parts of Queensland," Dr Sheppeard said.


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The director of communicable diseases for the NSW Health, Vicky Sheppeard, said the warning was issued because all four people had recently been in places where they could have infected others.

She said it was not an outbreak yet, but there was a possibility that others had been infected.
"We need to get the message out, so that people can be aware of measles symptoms if they are susceptible," Dr Sheppeard said.
She said infants under the age of one were susceptible to contracting and people aged in their 20s and 30s who had only received one dose, or no doses, of the measles vaccine might also be vulnerable to the infection.
"Until you've had two dozes of measles vaccine you are considered susceptible," she said.
"All four cases came through Sydney Airport.
"We've also had one of the cases at Royal North Shore emergency department and another case at Mt Druitt Hospital emergency department and a medical centre at Blacktown."
Dr Sheppeard said in NSW all health workers were fully vaccinated, so health workers were not thought to be at risk and the patients that had been identified had been treated.
"But there might be others who were perhaps walking through the emergency department and not able to be identified and contacted and are at risk, so it's important to get the message out to those people as well," she said.
Measles highly infectious, travels through the air
Dr Sheppeard said measles was the most infectious disease known to man.
"In 2012, we had one case of measles that resulted a further 169 cases over the period of a few months," she said.

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