ACT Chief Health Officer, Dr Paul Kelly today alerted Canberrans to be aware of measles symptoms after a case who acquired the infection on a recent overseas trip was notified to ACT Health on Tuesday 17 February 2015.
Identified contacts are being followed up in line with national guidelines. Members of the public may also have been exposed to the case at Woolworths at Conder on 12 February 2015 between 7.30pm and 9pm.
Anyone who attended this shopping centre should be aware for symptoms and seek medical advice if they develop symptoms. Anyone with symptoms of measles should advise their health provider before they arrive at the medical clinic so that appropriate infection control precautions can be put in place to stop the spread of the infection.
The symptoms of measles may include fever, tiredness, runny nose, sore eyes and a cough, followed by a rash which appears 2-7 days later. People generally develop symptoms 7-18 days after being exposed to a person with infectious measles, with 10 days being more common. People are infectious from 5 days before they develop a rash until 4 days after.