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SA Health issue further measles alert for Adelaide

SA Health has been alerted to two instances of measles in a teenage male and a male in his twenties from metropolitan Adelaide.

SA Health has been made aware of two instances of measles, affecting a teenage male and a male in his twenties residing in metropolitan Adelaide. Both individuals were identified as household contacts of the measles case reported on April 4, 2024. Fortunately, there have been no new public exposure sites identified, as both cases had been in isolation at home.

Measles is a highly contagious and serious infectious disease. SA Health strongly advises individuals who are not fully immunised, especially those who may have been present at the locations linked to previous cases during the specified times, to remain vigilant for symptoms in the coming weeks and to seek medical attention if they fall ill.

Women’s and Children’s Hospital Emergency Department on Wednesday April 3 from 10:00
am to 10:45am

  • Norwood Total GP Care, Como Shopping Centre Level 1, 11/168 The Parade, Norwood on
    Tuesday 2 April from 3:15pm to 4:45pm and 6:00pm to 7:15pm
  • Rio Coffee, 22 Nelson Street, Stepney on Thursday 28 March from 10am to 11:30am
  • St Ignatius College, 2 Manresa Court, Athelstone on Thursday 28 March from 1:00pm to 4:00pm
  • Campbelltown Soccer Club, 72 Stradbroke Road, Newton on Thursday 28 March from 6:30pm to 7:45pm
  • Women’s and Children’s Hospital Paediatric Emergency Department on Saturday 23 March
    from 5:30am to 6:15am
  • Norwood Total GP Care, Como Shopping Centre Level 1, 11/168 The Parade, Norwood on
    Friday 22 March from 11:30am to 2:00pm
  • Norwood Parade between Edward and George Streets, Norwood on Friday 22 March from
    11:45am to 12:45pm
  • Kmart Firle Plaza, 171 Glynburn Road, Firle on Friday 22 March from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
  • Adelaide Airport on Friday 22 March from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
  • Woolworths Supermarket, 14/104 Walkerville Terrace, Walkerville on Thursday 21 March
    from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
  • Bunnings Prospect, 252 Churchill Road, Prospect on Wednesday 20 March 10:00am to
    11:30am
  • Next Generation Gym Memorial Drive, North Adelaide on Tuesday 19 March from 3:30pm to
    5:15pm
  • Exchange Coffee 12-18 Vardon Ave, Adelaide on Sunday 17 March 11:00am to 1:00pm
  • State Library, North Terrace, Adelaide on Sunday 17 March from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
  • Rundle Mall, Adelaide on Sunday 17 March from 2:00pm to 3:00pm
  • Hey Jupiter, Ebenezer Place, Adelaide on Sunday 17 March 2:30pm to 4:00pm
  • Down the Rabbit Hole Winery, 233 Binney Road, McLaren Vale on Saturday 16 March 2:00pm to 4:00pm
  • Oscar Wylee, Rundle Mall on Friday 15 March from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
  • Bailey Nelson, Rundle Mall on Friday 15 March from 7:00pm to 8:00pm
  • Gunbae, 11-29 Union St, Adelaide on Friday 15 March from 7:45pm to 9:00pm
  • Natural Wonders Light Show, Botanic Gardens, Adelaide on Friday 15 March from 8:45pm
    to 10:15pm.

Measles typically presents with initial symptoms including fever, cough, runny nose, and sore eyes, followed by a distinctive blotchy rash that typically starts on the head and then spreads downwards across the body.

In cases where measles is suspected, it is crucial for individuals to contact their doctor before visiting in person and to communicate the reason for their visit. This enables necessary precautions to be taken to prevent the spread of the disease to others.

The recent cases mark the fourth and fifth instances of measles reported in South Australia this year, in contrast to three cases reported at the same time last year. A total of three cases were recorded in 2023.

The majority of measles cases in Australia occur among overseas visitors and returning residents who have not received two doses of the measles vaccine. Vaccination is the most effective means of preventing measles, with two doses required for optimal protection. Measles vaccination is included in the National Immunisation Program, administered at 12 months and 18 months of age.

Individuals planning to travel abroad are encouraged to review their vaccination history and, if lacking documentation of two doses and born in Australia after or during 1966, to request the vaccine.

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