SA Health has issued a list of locations visited by a young Adelaide woman in the past week, warning anyone who was in her vicinity may have been exposed to the disease.
The 19-year-old woman from metropolitan Adelaide acquired the infection while travelling in Europe.
She was then at the following locations while infectious and people in the vicinity at the below times should be aware of the signs and symptoms for possible exposure:
- Royal Adelaide Hospital Emergency Department on Wednesday 31 July between 6:30pm and 8:00pm
- Hampstead Health Family Practice, 1/237 Hampstead Road, Lightsview, on Tuesday 30 July between 12pm and 1:10pm and Wednesday 31 July between 9:00am and 10:00am
- Adelaide Metro Buses on Monday 29 July: Route 502 Gilles Plains to Adelaide City continuing as Route 110 to West Lakes between 11:15am and 12:15pm, and Route 502 Adelaide City to Salisbury Interchange and return to City between 1:15pm and 2:15pm
- University of Adelaide Engineering Building, Adelaide, on Monday 29 July between 12pm and 1:30pm
- Tea Tree Plaza Shopping Centre, Modbury, on Friday 26 July between 3:00pm and 5:30pm
- Barnacle Bill, 746 North East Road, Holden Hill, on Friday 26 July between 5:00pm and 6:10pm.
Dr Louise Flood, Director of SA Health’s Communicable Disease Control Branch, said complications of measles can be severe.
“Symptoms start with fever, cough, runny nose, and sore eyes, followed by a blotchy rash which usually begins on the head and then spreads down the body,” Dr Flood said.
“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.
“Although the measles vaccine is in short supply for travellers, anyone travelling to areas like Asia, parts of Europe and the United States of America should check their vaccination records and request the vaccine well in advance 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.
“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.
“People born prior to 1966 are likely already immune to measles.
“Children receive their first measles vaccination at 12 months and a second one either 18 months of age, with no shortage of vaccine for the measles childhood immunisation program.”
The 19 year-old woman is recovering at home. This is the fourth case of measles in South Australian residents this year, compared to no cases at the same time last year.
There were two cases of measles reported in 2018 in South Australia.
For more information on the signs and symptoms of measles, visit www.sahealth.sa.gov.au.