Measles alert at local playground

VISITORS at an indoor playground in Auburn, are being urged to be alert for signs and symptoms of measles after it was visited by an infectious infant.

People who attended the Chouchou BeBe Adventure Playground in Auburn Central on Thursday, January 11, between 1pm and 3.30pm, should watch for symptoms.
The seven-month-old infant who had recently returned from the Middle East where there had been outbreaks of measles in several countries, was too young to be vaccinated and not considered to be infectious on the flight into Sydney.
South Western Sydney Local Health District Acting Director of Public Health, Dr John Hall said symptoms to watch out for included fever, sore eyes and a cough, usually followed three or four days later by a red, blotchy rash that spreads from the head to the rest of the body.
“It can take up to 18 days for symptoms to appear after an exposure, so it’s important for people who went to Chouchou BeBe Adventure Playground, to look out for symptoms until January 29,” he said.
“We want to remind the community to make sure they are up to date with their vaccinations because the measles vaccine can prevent the disease after exposure if administered early enough.
“This should be a reminder for everyone to check that they are protected against measles, which is very infectious.”