In Australia, SA Health has been notified of a case of measles in a three-year-old boy from regional South Australia who acquired the infection while travelling overseas.
SA Health advises anyone who isn’t fully immunised, and particularly those who were in the locations at the times listed below, to be alert for symptoms over the next few weeks and to see a doctor if they become ill.
- Murray Bridge Swimming Centre, 58 Adelaide Rd Murray Bridge SA 5253 on Friday 17 March 2023 between 4:00 pm and 6:00 pm.
- Murray Bridge Hospital Emergency Department waiting area, on Wednesday 22 March 2023 between 9:30 am and 1:00 pm, and Thursday 23 March 2023 between 9:00 am and 9:45 am.
- Bridge Clinic, 8 Standen St Murray Bridge SA 5253, on Thursday 23 March 2023 between 9:30am and 11:15 am.
- Women’s and Children’s Hospital Emergency Department waiting area, on Thursday 23 March 2023 between 12:00 pm and 12:45 pm.
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.
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.
This is the first case of measles in a South Australian resident since 2019.
There have been four notifications of measles in Australia this year and it is expected further cases will occur as more international travel occurs.
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