PEOPLE who have visited Leichhardt MarketPlace, Norton Plaza or Leichhardt Library over the last 10 days are being warned by NSW Health to be on the lookout for symptoms of measles.

A person infected by measles visited these 3 places several times between July 15 and 24.

Measles is a highly contagious viral infection transmitted via respiratory aerosols that remain a risk to others for up to two hours after the person has left the area. The incubation period is about 10 days (range seven to 18 days) to the onset of prodromal symptoms and about 14 days to the appearance of the rash. The illness is characterised by cough, coryza, conjunctivitis, a descending morbilliform rash, and fever present at the time of rash onset. The infectious period is from five days before the appearance of the rash to four days after the appearance of the rash.

This is the second time that inner west residents have been urged to check for measles symptoms after an incident in Ashfield and Strathfield earlier in the year.

See health.nsw.gov.au for more information.

The Measles Virus under the microscope
The Measles Virus under the microscope

 

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