A health alert was issued after two more people contracted measles in Sydney bringing nine the number of people who contracted the infection in New South Wales since Christmas.
The latest cases involved two people between the ages of 20 and 55, NSW Health said in a statement Thursday.
“We know that many adults in this age group have only received one dose of the measles vaccine,” said interim director of communicable diseases, Dr. Christine Selvey.
“Anyone who is not sure of their vaccination history should consult their GP to get another free dose.”
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The number of recent cases in and around Sydney means that people may have been exposed locally and may be developing symptoms, said Dr. Selvey.
These symptoms include fever, cough, runny nose and pain in the red eyes, followed three to four days later by a rash with red spots, which begins in the head and extends to the rest of the body.
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“Anyone experiencing these symptoms should seek medical attention and should call their doctor or emergency department before attending to prevent the spread of measles to other people in the waiting room.”
The last people with the disease visited Chargrill Charlie’s in Drummoyne on Monday night.
People at high risk for measles complications include babies who are too young for routine vaccination against measles, pregnant women who have not been vaccinated, and people with a weakened immune system due to illness or treatment.