South Australia measles warning: Adelaide baby infected after overseas travel

Health authorities have issued an urgent warning after a one-year-old Adelaide boy was diagnosed with measles.

The one-year-old had just returned from abroad with his family and is in hospital in a stable condition.

South Australian health officials were made aware of the contagious child, who had traveled to the state on a flight from Sydney.

Prior to that, the child had been in Dubai and had flown into the country on flight EK416 to Sydney on June 11.

From there, the boy and his family traveled to Adelaide from Sydney on flight QF749 the same day.

He was at Adelaide Airport on June 11, before visiting the SA Pathology and Benson Radiology clinic at Modbury Hospital on June 13 and surgery at Salisbury Downs on June 14.

The boy also visited the Women’s and Children’s Hospital on June 15.

“SA Health advises anyone who is not fully immunised, and particularly those who were in the locations at the times listed below, to watch out for symptoms over the next few weeks and to seek medical advice if they become ill,” it reads a note. SA Health said.

Due to the highly contagious nature of the disease, officials advise anyone who is not fully immunized to watch for symptoms in the coming weeks.

SA Health has published a list of exposure sites:

  • Women’s and Children’s Hospital Emergency Room, Saturday 15 June from 1.45am to 3.20am
  • Premium Care Medical Practice, Shop 105B Hollywood Plaza, Salisbury Downs, Wednesday, June 12, 5 to 6 p.m. and Friday, June 14, 2 to 3 p.m.
  • Benson Radiology, located at Modbury Hospital, Thursday 13 June 2pm – 3.15pm
  • SA Pathology, located at Modbury Hospital, Thursday 13 June 3pm to 4pm
  • Adelaide Airport, Tuesday 11 June at 11.30pm to Wednesday 12 June at 12.30am
  • Flight QF749 from Sydney to Adelaide, Tuesday 11 June
  • Flight EK416 Dubai to Sydney, arriving Tuesday 11 June

WHAT IS MEASLES?

Measles is a highly contagious disease caused by a virus that infects the respiratory tract and then spreads throughout the body.

Symptoms include cough, high fever, runny nose, and a large rash all over the body.

The disease can affect anyone, but is more common in children, and vaccination is recommended as the best way to prevent getting sick or spreading it to others.

Before the introduction of the measles vaccine in 1963, major epidemics occurred approximately every two to three years and claimed the lives of approximately 2.6 million people each year.

This is the sixth recorded case of the disease in SA this year, while last year there were only three cases. Officials say most measles cases in Australia come from overseas visitors or those returning without having received two doses of the vaccine.

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