Measles case 9 January 2019

Wednesday, 9 January

SA Health has been notified of a case of measles in a 21-year-old woman from South Australia, who has not visited any public locations while infectious.

SA Health’s Communicable Disease Control Branch Director, Dr Louise Flood, said the woman had household contact with a recently confirmed case and is recovering at home.

“The household contacts of the recent case who are susceptible to measles have been in isolation, so there is no risk of infection to the public,” Dr Flood said.

“Measles begin with fever, cough, runny nose, and sore eyes, followed by a blotchy rash which begins on the head and then spreads down the body. Complications of measles can be severe.

“When measles is suspected, it is very important that people phone their doctor before any visit and mention why they are attending, so precautions can be taken to avoid spreading disease to others.

“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.”

SA Health is advising people who were born in Australia after or during 1966 to check their vaccination records, and request the vaccine if there is no record of them receiving two doses.

“People born in the late 1960s to mid-1980s may believe they are fully immunised but may have only received one measles vaccine and be at risk of measles,” Dr Flood said.

“If you were born during or after 1966 and haven’t received two measles vaccines, visit your GP or local council immunisation clinic to obtain a measles (MMR) vaccine. 

“In particular, people planning on travelling to regions in Southeast Asia, where measles is common, should check they have had two doses of the measles vaccine before leaving home.

“Children receive their first measles vaccination at 12 months and a second one at either 18 months or four years old.”

 This is the first case of measles reported in South Australia this year.

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