Adelaide teen contracts measles as list of exposure sites grows

Adelaide teen contracts measles as list of exposure sites grows

Another measles alert has been issued for multiple locations across Adelaide after a 17-year-old boy contracted the highly contagious disease.

SA Health said the teenager had been infected by being exposed during a previous measles alert on March 23, when a baby had returned from overseas and tested positive.

The 17-year-old has since been hospitalised, where he remains in stable condition.

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The list of public exposure sites has been updated to include places like Rundle Mall, Adelaide Airport and the State Library. 

SA Health urged anyone who isn’t fully immunised, and who were at an exposure site, to be alert for symptoms over the next few weeks and see a doctor if they become sick.

“Anyone who attended an exposure site during the times listed on Tuesday 2 April or Wednesday 3 April should contact their GP today to discuss the need for post-exposure treatment,” the health authority said in a statement.

“This could involve urgent vaccination for those who are not vaccinated, or immunoglobulin treatment for people who have low immune functioning.”

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Public exposure sites

Women’s and Children’s Hospital Paediatric Emergency Department on Saturday 23 March from 5.30am to 6.15amNorwood Total GP Care, Como Shopping Centre Level 1, 11/168 The Parade, Norwood on Friday 22 March from 11.30am to 2pmNorwood Parade between Edward and George streets, Norwood on Friday 22 March from 11.45am to 12.45pmKmart Firle Plaza, 171 Glynburn Road, Firle on Friday 22 March from 3.30pm to 4.30pmAdelaide Airport on Friday 22 March from 5.30pm to 6.15pmWoolworths Supermarket, 14/104 Walkerville Terrace, Walkerville on Thursday 21 March from 12.30pm to 1.30pmBunnings Prospect, 252 Churchill Road, Prospect on Wednesday 20 March 10am to 11.30amNext Generation Gym Memorial Drive, North Adelaide on Tuesday 19 March from 3.30pm to 5.15pmExchange Coffee 12-18 Vardon Ave, Adelaide on Sunday 17 March 11am to 1pmState Library, North Terrace, Adelaide on Sunday 17 March from 1.30pm to 2.30pmRundle Mall, Adelaide on Sunday 17 March from 2pm to 3pmHey Jupiter, Ebenezer Place, Adelaide on Sunday 17 March 2.30pm to 4pmDown the Rabbit Hole Winery, 233 Binney Road, McLaren Vale on Saturday 16 March 2pm to 4pmOscar Wylee, Rundle Mall on Friday 15 March from 6.30pm to 7.30pmBailey Nelson, Rundle Mall on Friday 15 March from 7pm to 8pmGunbae, 11-29 Union St, Adelaide on Friday 15 March from 7.45pm to 9pmNatural Wonders Light Show, Botanic Gardens, Adelaide on Friday 15 March from 8.45pm to 10.15pm

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Measles is a highly contagious virus and recent outbreaks have come from introductions outside of Australia, SA Health said.

Symptoms of measles include a fever, cough, runny nose and sore eyes before a blotchy rash begins typically from the head and spreads down the body.

Anyone who believes they have symptoms should contact their doctor before visiting their practice to avoid spreading the disease.

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