New measles case

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

South Australians are being urged to make sure they are fully immunised against measles prior to travelling to South East Asia after another case of measles was confirmed today.

Following two cases last week, both of which were contracted in South East Asia, SA Health’s Chief Medical Officer Professor Paddy Phillips said a 25 year old female from metropolitan Adelaide who recently returned from South East Asia is in a stable condition in hospital.

“It is important that anyone travelling to areas prone to measles including South East Asia is certain that they have received the two-dose measles vaccination,” Professor Phillips said.

“Measles is highly contagious among people who are not fully immunised, and is spread through coughing and sneezing.

“The illness begins with 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 over the next few weeks and to see a doctor if they become ill.

  • Hallett Cove Corner Surgery, 10 Ramrod Ave, Hallett Cove from 10:30am until11:30am on Saturday 10 September 2016
  • Hallett Cove Chemplus, 45 Lonsdale Rd Hallett Cove, from 11:00am until 12:00pm on Saturday 10 September 2016
  • Seaford Day and Night Clinic, 238 Seaford Rd Seaford, from 7:30pm until 8:30pm on Sunday 11 September 2016, and again from 2:00pm until 3:00pm on Tuesday 13 September 2016
  • Clinpath Collection Centre, 5 Commercial Rd Sheidow Park, from 12:30pm until 1:30pm on Monday 12 September 2016
  • Flinders Medical Centre emergency department from 11:00pm on Tuesday 13 September 2016 until 3:30am on Wednesday 14 September 2016

Professor Phillips said it is imperative that anyone who believes they have the symptoms of measles to contact their doctor prior to visiting.

“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,” Professor Phillips said.

“Immunisation provides the best protection against measles and it’s vital that everyone makes sure they’ve had two doses of the measles vaccine to protect themselves and the community.”

This is the fifth confirmed case of measles this year in South Australia, compared to four cases for all of 2015.

For more information, see measles, including symptoms, treatment and prevention.

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