Measles still in the re­gion

Whitsunday Times - - FRONT PAGE -

A SEC­OND case of measles has been con­firmed in the Whit­sun­days.

A 34-year-old Proser­pine has con­tracted the highly-in­fec­tious virus af­ter com­ing in con­tact with the first case of a tourist in mid-March.

Doc­tors are urg­ing all mem­bers of the com­mu­nity watch for symp­toms.

DOC­TORS are urg­ing Whit­sun­days res­i­dents to be vig­i­lant about measles symp­toms af­ter a Proser­pine woman tested pos­i­tive to the dis­ease.

Pub­lic health physi­cian Dr Steven Dono­hue said week­end lab­o­ra­tory tests con­firmed the 34-year-old from Proser­pine had measles af­ter com­ing in con­tact with the first case in mid-March.

The woman is in a sta­ble con­di­tion in Proser­pine Hospital, and an­other tourist who had trav­elled in the Whit­sun­days had also been in­fec­tious in Cairns.

Dr Dono­hue said the sec­ond cases were an in­di­ca­tion of how con­ta­gious measles is.

Ini­tial symp­toms of measles in­clude fever, lethargy, runny nose, moist cough and sore and red eyes.

This is fol­lowed a few days later by a blotchy red rash.

The rash of­ten starts on the face then be­comes wide­spread.

If you have been to any of these places at these times and are not vac­ci­nated, you should con­tact your GP.

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