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Further measles case in gawler

South Australians are being strongly urged to check their vaccination status for measles after the sixth locally acquired measles case in the Gawler area was confirmed today.

SA Health’s Chief Medical Officer Professor Paddy Phillips said a 33 year old female is in a stable condition in hospital.

“Measles is highly contagious and can be airborne, so it is easily spread through coughing and sneezing amongst people who are not immunised,” Professor Phillips said.

“Immunisation provides the best protection so it’s vital that everyone has two doses of the measles vaccine to protect themselves and the wider community.

“People should look out for the symptoms including fever, cough, runny nose and sore eyes, followed by a blotchy rash which begins on the head and then spreads down the body.”

SA Health is urging anyone who isn’t fully immunised or who was in the locations listed below to be alert for symptoms over and to see a doctor if they become ill.

  • Gawler Health Service, 21 Hutchinson Rd Gawler East, from:
  • 7:00am until 4:00pm on Tuesday 1 November 2016
  • 12:00 noon until 12:45pm, & 1:30pm until 6:30pm on Wednesday 2 November 2016
  • 7:00am until 4:00pm on Friday 4 November 2016
  • 1:00pm until 10:00pm on Saturday 5 November 2016
  • Java Hut, 69 Murray St Gawler, from 10:15am until 12:00 noon on Wednesday 2 November 2016
  • Gawler Flower Gallery, 61 Murray St Gawler, from 11:30am until 12:15pm on Wednesday 2 November 2016
  • Angle Vale Family Practice, 121-129 Heaslip Rd Angle Vale, from 2:30pm until 3:15pm on Thursday 3 November 2016
  • Royal Adelaide Hospital Emergency Department from 4:15pm until 10:45pm on Sunday 6 November 2016.

Professor Phillips said anyone with the symptoms should visit their doctor, but that the infectious period begins before the symptoms show.

“It is important to note that the infectious period begins prior to the symptoms being present, so that is why vaccination is the best way to prevent the disease spreading,” Professor Phillips said.

“If people believe they have the symptoms of measles they should phone their GP ahead of their visit and mention why they are attending so precautions can be taken to avoid spreading disease to others.

“People born in the late 1960s to mid-1980s should confirm they have had both doses of the vaccination with their GP, as many received only one measles vaccination.”

“Children should receive their first measles vaccination at 12 months and the second at 18 months of age.”

Today’s cases take the total number of confirmed cases in South Australia this year to 12, compared to four cases for all of 2015.

More information about measles, including symptoms, treatment and prevention, can be found at www.sahealth.sa.gov.au.

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