- Attention all doctors - 
Date: 1/09/2017     Contact telephone number: 1300 232 272  (24 hours/7 days)


Case of measles acquired in Bali

SA Health has been notified of a case of measles in a 28 year old female from metropolitan Adelaide. The case was in the settings listed below whilst infectious and people in these settings at the specified times may have been exposed:

  • Campbelltown Tennis Club park area, Emery Road, Campbelltown, from 12:45 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. on Saturday 26 August.
  • Malvern Uniting Church, 44 Marlborough St, Malvern, from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. on Sunday 27 August.
  • Yue Kee Grocery, 16 Field St, Adelaide from 12:15 p.m. until 1:00 p.m. on Sunday 27 August.
  • Thanh Thanh Vietnamese Restaurant, 18 Field St, Adelaide from 12:15 p.m. until 1:15 p.m. on Sunday 27 August.
  • Windsor Village Medical Centre, 1 Longview Road, Windsor Gardens, from 9:45 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. on Monday 28 August, and from 10:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday 29 August.
  • Windsor Village Pharmacy, 1 Longview Road, Windsor Gardens, from 10:00 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. on Monday 28 August.
  • Modbury Hospital main entrance and emergency department, from 10:15 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Thursday 31 August.

Measles is transmitted via respiratory aerosols that remain a risk to others for up to 30 minutes after the person has left the area. The incubation period is about 10 days (range 7 to 18 days) to the onset of prodromal symptoms and about 14 days to rash appearance. The illness is characterised by cough, coryza, conjunctivitis, a descending morbilliform rash, and fever present at the time of rash onset. The infectious period is from 4 days before to 4 days after the appearance of the rash.

Doctors with patients suspected of having measles are asked to:

  • Notify urgently any patient with suspected measles to the CDCB on 1300 232 272 (24 hours/7 days). Do not wait for laboratory confirmation.
  • Arrange urgent laboratory testing through SA Pathology. Take throat swabs in viral transport medium for measles PCR (preferred specimen) and urine for measles PCR (yellow top container).
  • Isolate suspected and confirmed measles cases and exclude from child-care/ school/ workplace for at least 4 days after rash appearance.
  • Ensure all household and other contacts are protected against measles as indicated in the Australian Immunisation Handbook.
  • Minimise transmission of measles:
    • Examine patients suspected of having measles in their own homes wherever possible.
    • Ensure the patient is only seen by practice staff who have confirmed immunity to measles.
    • Ensure suspected cases do not use the waiting room, and conduct the consultation in a room that can be left vacant for at least 30 minutes afterwards.
    • Treat all people who attend the rooms at the same time as and up to 30 minutes after the infectious patient as contacts.

Measles vaccination

  • Two doses of a measles containing vaccine are highly effective at preventing measles. Offer measles vaccine (unless contraindicated, for example in pregnant women or immunosuppression) to all potentially susceptible persons who attend your practice.
  • Measles vaccine should be considered in susceptible persons prior to overseas travel.
  • Many people born in the late 1960s to mid-1980s may have only received one measles vaccine.

Further clinical information is available at and recent public health alerts are available at For all enquires please contact the CDCB on 1300 232 272 (24 hours/7 days).

Dr Ann Koehler - Director, Communicable Disease Control Branch
For updated information on notifiable diseases in South Australia, visit:
Public – I4-A1

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