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Third measles case this week

23 September 2016

South Australians are being urged to ensure they are vaccinated for measles after a third measles case this week was confirmed today.

SA Health’s Chief Medical Officer Professor Paddy Phillips said today’s notification is another case that has been contracted by community contact.

“We have been notified that a 21 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.

“Measles is highly contagious and can be airborne and is easily spread amongst people who are not immunised through coughing and sneezing.

“We are again reminding people that immunisation provides the best protection against measles, so it’s vital that everyone makes sure they’ve had two doses of the measles vaccine not only to protect themselves but to protect the wider community.”

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.

  • Willunga Farmers Market, Corner Main Rd and St Peter's Tce Willunga, from 10:15am to 11:15am on Saturday 17 September 2016.
  • Sellicks Hill Buddha (Guan Yin), 9 Main South Road Sellicks Hill, from 11:30am to 12:15pm on Saturday 17 September 2016.
  • Colonnades Shopping Centre, 54 Beach Rd Noarlunga Centre, from 4:45pm to 5:45pm on Saturday 17 September 2016; and from 5:30pm to 6:15pm on Monday 19 September
  • Dan Murphy’s Centro Colonnades, 54 Goldsmith Drive Noarlunga Downs, from 4:45pm to 5:45pm on Saturday 17 September 2016.
  • Good Price Pharmacy, 1/378 Main South Rd Morphett Vale, from 7:45pm to 8:45pm on Saturday 17 September 2016.
  • All Ford Day, Bonython Park, Port Road Adelaide, from 10:30am to 2:00pm on Sunday 18 September 2016.
  • Adelaide Airport, from 9:45am to 11:45am on Monday 19 September 2016.
  • Mitcham Square Shopping Centre, 119 Belair Rd Torrens Park, from 11:45am to 1:15pm on Monday 19 September 2016.
  • Argo’s Café (Argo on the Parade), 212 The Parade Norwood, from 10:00am to 11:45am on Tuesday 20 September 2016.
  • Norwood Foodland, 61-169 The Parade Norwood, from 11:15am to 12:15pm on Tuesday 20 September 2016.
  • Semaphore Beach, from 1:30pm to 2:30pm on Tuesday 20 September 2016.
  • North East Modbury Medical and Dental Centre, 926 North East Rd Modbury, from 11:00am to 12:15pm on Wednesday 21 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 the GP clinic.

“People should look out for the 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,” 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 that precautions can be taken to avoid spreading disease to others.

“It is also important to note that the infectious period begins prior to the symptoms being present and therefore any person infected with measles may not be aware that they are carrying the disease."

There have been eight confirmed measles cases in South Australia this year, 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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