Measles warning Griffith

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Measles warning Griffith

Murrumbidgee Local Health District is urging people who have been in the Griffith, NSW, area on Wednesday 18 and Thursday 19 October to be aware of symptoms of Measles.

Director of Public Health Tracey Oakman said: “A person who was infectious with Measles visited a number of local wineries and restaurants on those days.”

Measles is highly infectious. Symptoms include fever, sore eyes and a cough followed a few days later by a non-itchy rash accompanied by fever.

“Measles can have serious complications, particularly for young children or people with weakened immune systems,” said Mrs Oakman.

The Measles virus is spread through the air by someone unwell with the infection.

Anyone with Measles should seek medical attention. They should call ahead so that arrangements can be made to see a doctor without spreading the virus to other people in the waiting room.

Adults and children born since 1965 who do not have records of receiving two doses of Measles vaccine (MMR) and who have no evidence of immunity from prior infection are susceptible to Measles.

“Anyone with Measles should remain at home and not attend work or school and not go out in public,” Mrs Oakman said.

While Measles is rare in Australia, it is common in some countries. People who travel overseas should discuss Measles immunisation with their doctor.

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