Measles Alert; Health Authorities Warn residents of NSW.

Health authorities have warned those living in northern New South Wales to be alert for symptoms of measles, after an overseas traveller was diagnosed with the disease.

NSW Health said the person recently returned from Asia where there had been ongoing outbreaks in several countries including Pakistan and India.

They urged school children who were onboard a Singh Company school bus in the Murwillumbah area on February 5, in the morning or afternoon, to monitor for signs of measles.

North Coast Regional Director of Population and Public Health Dr Valerie Delpech said while there was no ongoing risk to the public, people should be on the lookout for symptoms.
“Symptoms of measles include fever, runny nose, 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,” she said.
“It’s important for people to stay vigilant if they’ve been exposed, and if they develop symptoms, to please call ahead to their GP or emergency department to ensure they do not spend time in the waiting room with other patients.”

Measles usually begins with cold-like symptoms such as a runny nose, red eyes and a cough, followed by fever and a rash.
The characteristic rash usually begins 3-4 days after the first symptoms, generally starting on the face and then spreading to the rest of the body.

Measles spreads quickly with close contact.

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