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Measles warning for anyone in these locations on 1 & 2 Feb

A 20-year-old South Australian man has been diagnosed with measles and may have infected people he recently came in contact with.

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

  • Western Clinic Medical Centre at 152/154 Henley Beach Road, Torrensville, on 1 February between 11.15am-12.30pm.

  • Australian Clinical Laboratory collection centre, located within the Western Clinic Medical Centre, on 2 February between 8.45am and 9.30am.

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.

“Our advice to people is that the measles vaccine should be considered as a travel vaccine in susceptible persons prior to travelling overseas.

“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.”

“We are especially encouraging people to check their vaccination records, and request the vaccine 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.

This is the second case of measles reported in South Australia this year, with two cases reported in 2018.

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