Measles case 4 July 2019

SA Health has been notified of a case of measles in a 21 year-old woman from Queensland, who has recently travelled to SA.

The woman was at the following locations while infectious, and people in the vicinity may have been exposed.

  • Quest King William South, 379 King William Street, Monday 24 June to Friday morning 28 June
  • Adelaide Market Arcade on Monday 24 June, 11.00 am to 2.00 pm and Thursday 27 June, 12.30 pm to 2.30 pm
  • Adelaide Zoo, Monday 24 June, 2.00 pm to 5.30 pm
  • Coles, Adelaide Market Arcade, Monday 24 June, 5.00 pm to 6.00 pm
  • Adelaide Festival Centre, King William Street, Tuesday 25 June, 3.00 pm to midnight, Wednesday 26 June, 5.00 pm to 9.30 pm, and Thursday 27 June, 4.00 pm to 10.30 pm
  • Adelaide Airport, Friday 28 June 10.00 am to 2.45pm
  • Virgin Flight VA1397 from Adelaide to Brisbane on Friday 28 June scheduled for departure at 1.30 pm.

SA Health’s Communicable Disease Control Branch Director, Dr Louise Flood, said there have been multiple cases of measles notified in Australia this year.

“Most cases have been acquired overseas, but some have been secondary cases passed on to others within Australia,” Dr Flood said.

“Measles 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. 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 the infection 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.”

“Right now measles vaccine is in very short supply for travellers, but even so we are encouraging people intending to travel to areas like Asia, parts of Europe and the US, to check their vaccination records.

“Travellers should request the vaccine well in advance of departure, if there is no record of them receiving two doses, and they were born in Australia after or during 1966.

“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 so we encourage people to check with their GP or immunisation provider.

“Children receive their first measles vaccination at 12 months and a second one at either 18 months or four-years-old, with no shortage of vaccine for the measles childhood immunisation program.”

There have been three reported cases of measles in South Australians this year, with this case not included in South Australia’s count.

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