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Monday, April 18, 2011

Australia : Measles danger alert

Article from The Mercury :

" TASMANIA'S first confirmed case of measles in two years has been detected in Burnie.

The rest of the state has been warned to be on the lookout for early symptoms of the disease to prevent it spreading further.

Four people arriving in Melbourne on an Air Asia flight from Kuala Lumpur on April 1 were found to have the highly contagious virus, which they could have caught overseas.

The Victorian Health Department is following up other passengers from that flight.

But another passenger from the flight, a 26-year-old Victorian woman, later came to Tasmania on the Spirit of Tasmania on the April 11-12 crossing.

She became ill during the crossing and mixed with other passengers in the early part of the trip, which means others in Tasmania could be infected.

State public health deputy director Chrissie Pickin said the woman also visited the emergency department of the North-West Regional Hospital in Burnie so anyone who visited there from April 12-15 could also have been exposed."

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