Measles outbreak in Gawler continues

SA Health has been notified of a confirmed case of measles in a 33 year old female from metropolitan Adelaide. The case was acquired in the Gawler area. The case was in the settings listed below whilst infectious:

  • Gawler Health Service
    • from 07:00 until 16:00 on Tuesday 1 November
    • from 12:00 until 12:45 and 13:30 until 18:30 on Wednesday 2 November
    • from 07:00 until 16:00 on Friday 4 November
    • from 13:00 until 22:00 on Saturday 5 November.
  • Java Hut, 69 Murray St, Gawler from 10:15 until 12:00 on Wednesday 2 November.
  • Gawler Flower Gallery, 61 Murray St, Gawler from 11:30 until 12:15 on Wednesday 2 November.
  • Angle Vale Family Practice, 121-129 Heaslip Rd, Angle Vale from 14:30 until 15:15 on Thursday 3 November.
  • Royal Adelaide Hospital Emergency Department from 16:15 until 22:45 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.

Measles vaccination

  • Two doses of a measles containing vaccine are highly effective at preventing measles. Offer measles vaccine (unless contraindicated, for example in pregnant women or immunosuppression) to all potentially susceptible persons who attend your practice.

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

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