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Measles case

1 September 2017

SA Health has been notified of a case of measles in a 28-year-old female from metropolitan Adelaide.

SA Health’s Chief Medical Officer Professor Paddy Phillips, said the adult is recovering well, but had travelled to many locations while infectious.

“Measles is highly contagious among people who are not fully immunised, and can be caught by other people up to 30 minutes after the infected person has left the area,” Professor Phillips said.

“People with measles are infectious for several days before they develop symptoms so it is possible we’ll see more cases, as this female visited many locations around Adelaide prior to her diagnosis.

“The illness begins with fever, cough, runny nose, and sore eyes, followed by a rash which begins on the head and then spreads down the body. Complications of measles can be severe.

“The easiest way to avoid measles is vaccination, with two doses needed to provide the best protection.

“I encourage anyone who is unsure about whether they have had both doses of measles vaccine to speak to their doctor about getting their immunisations up to date.

“It is very important that people phone their GP ahead of any visit and mention why they are attending, so that precautions can be taken to avoid spreading disease to others.”

SA Health advises anyone who isn’t fully immunised, and particularly those who were in the locations at the times listed below, to be alert for symptoms over the next few weeks and to see a doctor if they become ill.

This is the first case of measles in South Australia in 2017, compared to two at the same time last year. A total of 11 cases were recorded in 2016.

Locations

The adult visited the following locations while infectious:

  • Campbelltown Tennis Club park area, Emery Road, Campbelltown, from 12.45 pm until 2.30 pm on Saturday 26 August.
  • Malvern Uniting Church, 44 Marlborough St, Malvern, from 10.30 am until 12.30 pm on Sunday 27 August.
  • Yue Kee Grocery, 16 Field St, Adelaide from 12.15 pm until 1.00 pm on Sunday 27 August.
  • Thanh Thanh Vietnamese Restaurant, 18 Field St, Adelaide from 12.15 pm until 1.15 pm on Sunday 27 August.
  • Windsor Village Medical Centre, 1 Longview Road, Windsor Gardens, from 9.45 am until 10.45 a.m. on Monday 28 August, and from 10.30 am until 11.30 am on Tuesday 29 August.
  • Windsor Village Pharmacy, 1 Longview Road, Windsor Gardens, from 10.00 am until 10.45 am on Monday 28 August.
  • Modbury Hospital main entrance and emergency department, from 10.15 am until 5.00 pm on Thursday 31 August.

Further information

For more information, see Measles, including symptoms, treatment and prevention

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