More measles identified

Health authorities in WA and NSW have issued warnings about new cases of measles – and in two cases the infected person visited pharmacies

According to the West Australian, the WA Health Service has listed a number of locations in Busselton – including the Discount Pharmacy on Kent Street on July 5 and July 7 in the late afternoons – as areas attended by a person infected with measles.

A patient with the highly infectious disease visited four locations in the town, also including the shopping precinct, Post Office and Woolworths.

The WA Country Health Service’s Dr Tania Wallace told the West Australian that parents were being urged to ensure their children were vaccinated against measles according to the immunisation schedule.

She also warned that people born during or after 1966 are being asked to find out whether they were vaccinated against measles – and if so, whether they received one dose or two.

Meanwhile in NSW, a new case of measles has been reported in a young Sydney man who recently returned from travel to South East Asia.

He did report having been vaccinated as a child, but still contracted the disease.

He attended various locations including the Priceline Pharmacy in Margaret Street, Sydney, on Tuesday, 2 July at around 6.10pm.

NSW Health Director of Communicable Diseases, Dr Vicky Sheppeard said none of the locations visited by the man pose an ongoing risk.

It can take up to 18 days for symptoms to appear following exposure to a person with measles. People in the same places at the same time as the man should be alert for signs and symptoms of measles until 26 July.

“Symptoms to watch out for include fever, sore eyes and a cough followed three or four days later by a red, blotchy rash that spreads from the head to the rest of the body,” Dr Sheppeard said.

“Anyone who develops symptoms of measles should phone their GP to ensure they don’t wait alongside other patients before seeing their doctor.

While the risk of infection is low in fully-vaccinated people, health experts urge anyone who comes into contact with someone who has measles to remain alert for symptoms.

The new NSW alert follows a 6 July alert of another case, in which a man in his 40s was diagnosed with measles in Queensland, after a four-day trip to Sydney.

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