Measles

5th March 2015 - 3:47pm

SA Health has been notified of a case of measles in 54 year old male who had recently returned from the Philippines. He is currently recovering at home.
 
Measles is a highly contagious viral infection 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 the appearance of the rash.
 
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 5 days before the appearance of the rash 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

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