In a follow-up on the measles outbreak in western Sydney, New South Wales (NSW) Health has reported an additional six cases, bringing the tally to 10.
Dr Vicky Sheppeard, Director Communicable Diseases, NSW Health, said, “Ten cases have now been confirmed in the past week, signalling an outbreak of measles in western Sydney particularly in the Auburn and Bankstown local government areas.
“This brings the total number of cases in NSW, with onset this year, to 19.
“The recent cases reinforce the importance of getting vaccinated. 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.”
- 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.
NSW Health is urging people in western Sydney to take advantage of the free measles vaccine, available at GPs, and to watch for measles symptoms, particularly in babies who are too young to receive this vaccination.
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