- Please immediately bring to the attention of all doctors -
Date: 08/05/2018     Contact telephone number: 1300 232 272  (24 hours/7 days)


Measles case in a child visiting metropolitan Adelaide

SA Health has been notified of an overseas acquired case of measles in an 8 month old female interstate resident. The case was in the settings listed below whilst infectious and people in these settings at the specified times may have been exposed: 

• Emirates flight EK 440 travelling from Dubai and arriving in Adelaide 8:05 pm on Tues 1st May.
• Adelaide Airport on Tues 1st May from 8:05 pm to 10:30 pm.
• Adelaide Metro bus route 400 from Elizabeth to Salisbury, 8.30 am until 9.20 am on Wed 2nd May.
• Adelaide Metro train route travelling from Gawler to the city, 8.50 am until 9.50 am on Wed 2nd May.
• Commonwealth Bank, 96 King William Street Adelaide, from 9.30 am until 10.20 am on Wed 2nd May.
• Department of Human Services, Naylor House, 191 Pulteney Street Adelaide, 9.50 am until 1.00 pm on Wed 2nd May.
• Commonwealth Bank, 96 King William Street Adelaide, from 12.45 pm until 1.30 pm on Wed 2nd May.
• Coles 21-39 Grote Street Adelaide, from 1.15 pm until 2.00 pm on Wed 2nd May.
• Migrant Health Service, 21 Market Street Adelaide, from 1.40 pm until 3.15 pm on Wed 2nd May.
• Adelaide Central Market from 2.45 pm until 3.50 pm on Wed 2nd May.
• Adelaide Metro bus route 400 from Elizabeth to Salisbury, 2.00 pm until 3.00 pm on Fri 4th May.
• North West Medical Centre, 1 Park Terrace, Salisbury, from 2:40 pm until 3:30 pm on Fri 4 May.
• Adelaide Airport on Sat 5th May 2018 from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm.
• Qantas flight QF 585 travelling from Adelaide and arriving in Perth 3:30 pm on Sat 5th May 2018.

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 24 hours prior to onset of the prodrome until 4 days after the onset 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:
o Examine patients suspected of having measles in their own homes wherever possible.
o Ensure the patient is only seen by practice staff who have confirmed immunity to measles.
o 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.
o Treat all people who attend the rooms at the same time as and up to 30 minutes after the infectious patient has left the rooms 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 For all enquires please contact the CDCB on 1300 232 272 (24 hours/7 days) 

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

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