Measles case in Gawler
Monday, 7 November 2016
South Australians are being urged to check their vaccination status for measles following confirmation of another locally acquired measles case today.
SA Health’s Chief Medical Officer Professor Paddy Phillips said a 34 year old female is in a stable condition at home.
“We have been notified that a 34 year old female has contracted measles locally and she is self-quarantining at home to stop the illness spreading to the community,” Professor Phillips said.
“This is the fifth locally acquired case in the Gawler area in recent months so I urge anyone who is unsure of their vaccination status to visit their GP to ensure they are fully immunised.
“Immunisation is the best protection against measles and it’s vital that everyone has two doses of the vaccine not only to protect themselves but to protect the wider community.
“Measles is highly contagious and can be airborne, so it is easily spread through coughing and sneezing amongst those who are not immunised.
“People should look for symptoms that include 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 at the times listed below to be alert for symptoms and to see a doctor if they become ill.
Professor Phillips said anyone who believes they have the symptoms of measles should contact their doctor prior to visiting.
“If people believe they have the symptoms of measles they should visit their GP, but they should phone ahead so precautions can be taken to avoid spreading the disease to others,” Professor Phillips said.
“People born in the late 1960s to mid-1980s may believe they are fully immunised but many only received one measles vaccine and therefore they can still be at risk, so they are advised to visit a GP or local council immunisation clinic to obtain the full measles (MMR) vaccine.
“Children should receive their first measles vaccination at 12 months and the second at 18 months of age.
“It is also important to note that the infectious period begins prior to the symptoms being present and therefore any person infected with measles will not be aware that they are carrying the disease."
Today’s case takes the total number of confirmed cases in South Australia this year to 11, compared to four cases for all of 2015.
For more information, see measles, including symptoms, treatment and prevention.
- Café Troppo, 42 Whitmore Square Adelaide, from 10:45am until 1:30pm on Wednesday 2 November 2016.
- Tea Tree Plaza, 976 North East Road Modbury, from 3:00pm until 5:45pm on Wednesday 2 November 2016.
- Gawler Health Service, 1 Hutchinson Rd Gawler East, from 5:45pm until 10:30pm on Wednesday 2 November 2016.
- BP Service Station, 22 Murray St Gawler, from 10:15pm until 11:00pm on Wednesday 2 November 2016.
- Virginia Medical Centre, Lot 1 Old Port Wakefield Road Virginia, from 7:50am until 6:30pm on Thursday 3 November 2016.
- Woolworths Supermarket, Old Port Wakefield Road Virginia, from 6:00pm until 6:45pm on Thursday 3 November 2016.
- Calvary Central Districts Hospital, 25-37 Jarvis Rd Elizabeth Vale, from 9:00pm on Thursday 3 November until 7:30am on Friday 4 November.
- Regency Medical Clinic, 517-519 Regency Rd Sefton Park, from 4:30pm until 5:30pm on Friday 4 November 2016.
- Chemist Warehouse, 329 Hampstead Rd Northfield, from 5:00pm until 5:45pm on Friday 4 November 2016.
- Bunnings, Corner Main North Rd and Kings Rd Parafield, from 1:30pm until 3:00pm on Saturday 5 November 2016.
- Discount Lounge Centre Airport City, Main North Rd Parafield, from 2:30pm until 3:30pm on Saturday 5 November 2016.
- Gawler Health Service, 1 Hutchinson Rd Gawler East, from 5:45pm until 10:30pm on Saturday 5 November.
- Lakeside Café, 69 Sir Ross Smith Blvd Oakden, from 2:00pm until 4:00pm on Sunday 6 November 2016.