Measles outbreak in Gawler

SA Health has been notified of a confirmed case of measles in a 34 year old female from metropolitan Adelaide. The case is the fifth locally acquired in the Gawler area in recent months. The case was in the settings listed below whilst infectious:

  • Café Troppo, 42 Whitmore Square, Adelaide from 10:45 until 13:30 on Wednesday 2 November.
  • Tea Tree Plaza, 976 North East Road, Modbury from 15:00 until 17:45 on Wednesday 2 November.
  • Gawler Health Service from 17:45 until 22:30 on Wednesday 2 November, and Saturday 17:45 until 22:30 on Saturday 5 November.
  • BP Service Station, 22 Murray St, Gawler from 22:15 until 23:00 on Wednesday 2 November.
  • Virginia Medical Centre, Lot 1, Old Port Wakefield Road, Virginia from 07:50 until 18:30 on Thursday 3 November.
  • Woolworths Supermarket, Old Port Wakefield Road, Virginia from 18:00 until 18:45 on Thursday 3 November.
  • Calvary Central Districts, 25-37 Jarvis Rd, Elizabeth Vale from 21:00 on Thursday 3 November until 07:30 on Friday 4 November.
  • Regency Medical Clinic, 517-519 Regency Rd, Sefton Park from 16:30 until 17:30 on Friday 4 November.
  • Chemist Warehouse, 329 Hampstead Rd, Northfield from 17:00 until 17:45 on Friday 4 November.
  • Bunnings, Corner Main North Rd and Kings Rd, Parafield from 13:30 until 15:00 on Saturday 5 November.
  • Discount Lounge Centre, Airport City, Main North Rd, Parafield from 14:30 until 15:30 on Saturday 5 November.
  • Lakeside Café, 69 Sir Ross Smith Blvd, Oakden from 14:00 until 16:00 on Sunday 6 November.

Measles is transmitted via respiratory aerosols that remain a risk to others for up to 30 minutes after the person has left the area. The incubation period is about 10 days (range 7 to 18 days) to the onset of prodromal symptoms and about 14 days to rash appearance. The illness is characterised by cough, coryza, conjunctivitis, a descending morbilliform rash, and fever present at the time of rash onset. The infectious period is from 4 days before to 4 days after the appearance of the rash.

Doctors with patients suspected of having measles are asked to:

  • Notify urgently any patient with suspected measles to the CDCB on 1300 232 272 (24 hours/7 days). Do not wait for laboratory confirmation.
  • Arrange urgent laboratory testing through SA Pathology. Take throat swabs in viral transport medium for measles PCR (preferred specimen) and urine for measles PCR (yellow top container).
  • Isolate suspected and confirmed measles cases and exclude from child-care/ school/ workplace for at least 4 days after rash appearance.
  • Ensure all household and other contacts are protected against measles as indicated in the Australian Immunisation Handbook.
  • Minimise transmission of measles:
    • Examine patients suspected of having measles in their own homes wherever possible.
    • Ensure the patient is only seen by practice staff who have confirmed immunity to measles.
    • Ensure suspected cases do not use the waiting room, and conduct the consultation in a room that can be left vacant for at least 30 minutes afterwards.

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For all enquires please contact the CDCB on 1300 232 272 (24 hours/7 days)

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