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Measles Alert

Measles Alert

A warning has been issued to residents in Echuca and Moama

The Murrumbidgee Local Health District have issued a public health warning to residents in the Riverina District.

Residents should be on alert for measles symptoms after an infected woman from Victoria recently spent time in Echuca and Moama.

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The woman was in the following locations while infectious:

  • Rich River Golf Club, Moama - Friday 10th May between 7:30pm and 9pm
  • Echuca Hotel, Echuca - Saturday 11th May between 1pm and 3pm

The Director of Public Health, Tracey Oakman, said the Rich River Golf Club does not pose an ongoing risk. However, people who were at the same location at the same time should be alert for the signs and symptoms of measles until 28 May 2019, as it can take up to 18 days for symptoms to appear.

Symptoms include a fever, sore eyes and a cough, followed three or four days later by a red, spotty rash that spreads from the head to the rest of the body.

Measles is a highly contagious disease and is spread in the air through coughing or sneezing by someone who is unwell with the disease.

"Anyone who develops symptoms of measles should phone their GP to ensure they don’t wait alongside other patients before seeing their doctor," Mrs Oakman said.

"People born before 1966 are likely to have had measles as a child and are considered immune.

"For people born during or after 1966, the best protection against measles is receiving two doses of measles vaccine."

The risk of infection is low in fully-vaccinated people. however experts urge anyone who comes into contact with someone who has the measles to remain alert for symptoms.

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