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There are fears of a measles outbreak in South Australia after a three-year-old boy was diagnosed with the contagious disease on Friday.

The boy, from regional South Australia, is believed to have contracted the illness while travelling overseas.

It is South Australia’s first measles case since 2019.

Illustration of measles virus (Getty)
There are fears of a measles outbreak in South Australia. (Getty)

SA Health has issued a list of places the boy visited while contagious, and is urging people to monitor for symptoms.

  • Murray Bridge Swimming Centre, 58 Adelaide Rd, Murray Bridge, on Friday, March 17, between 4pm and 6pm.
  • Murray Bridge Hospital Emergency Department waiting area, on Wednesday, March 22, 2023, between 9.30am and 1pm, and Thursday, March 23, between 9am and 9.45m.
  • Bridge Clinic, 8 Standen St, Murray Bridge, on Thursday, March 23, between 9.30am and 11.15am.
  • Women’s and Children’s Hospital Emergency Department waiting area, on Thursday, March 23, between and 12.45pm.

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.


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SA Health Disease Prevention and Control, Communicable Disease Control Branch Director, Dr Louise Flood urges residents to check whether they’re vaccinated.

“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,” SA Health’s Dr Louise Flood said.

“We are encouraging people intending to travel overseas, to check their vaccination records, and request the vaccine well in advance of travel, if there is no record of them receiving two doses, and they were born in Australia after or during 1966.”

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