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People are people urged to watch out for measles symptoms by health authorities after four people carried the disease into NSW.

Four infected travellers, including two children, travelled to NSW on flights from Cairns and from Delhi in India last week.

On March 28, two people arrived by a Virgin flight.  One person was taken to Royal North Shore Hospital’s emergency department on the night of March 29.

Two children, who most likely caught the highly infectious disease in India, travelled on flight AI302, carried via Tiger Airlines, from Delhi to Sydney on March 30.

They visited a medical centre in Blacktown and Mt Druitt Hospital while infectious on Saturday.

NSW Health said people who hadn’t been vaccinated or who hadn’t received two doses of the measles vaccine should be on alert for the disease.  Symptoms include; fever, sore eyes, coughing and a rash spreading from the head and neck.

“If you develop the symptoms of measles, seek medical advice,” NSW Health communicable diseases director Dr Vicky Sheppeard said on Wednesday. “Please call ahead to your doctor or emergency department so that arrangements can be made to keep you away from others to minimise the risk of infection.”

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  • Vaccinate vaccinate vaccinate. It is so important.

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  • Another reason vaccination is important.

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  • Some of these diseases are horrifying. If in doubt about a rash or any other symptom, never delay seeking medical advice, because you never can be sure.

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  • I remember years ago when my daughter had chicken pox and we were taken to an isolation room. A few minutes later a woman came in with a baby. I asked her if she had been told to enter the room and she looked at me as if I was horribly rude and said “Yes I was”….I said “Look I dont think you should be in here with the baby…..my daughter has chicken pox”……she was up and out of the room in a flash. i cant believe that the nurse had told her to come into the room.

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  • I am glad they have announced this quickly. Being aware of the presence of the disease will alert people to seek treatment sooner if they suspect they may have in contact with the current sufferers. At least in hospitals the staff wear special protective gowns and are unlikely to pass it from one patient to another.

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  • This is good to know.

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