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Monday, December 19, 2011

Australia : Teenager with measles sparks SA Health alert

Via Adelaide Now, excerpt :

" SA Health has issued a public health alert about the highly infectious measles virus following a confirmed case in South Australia this week.   

SA Health's chief medical officer Professor Paddy Phillips said the 22-year-old girl from metropolitan Adelaide most likely acquired the virus while overseas.

"Measles is highly contagious among people who are not fully immunised, and is spread through coughing and sneezing," he said.

"The illness begins with fever, cough, runny nose, and sore eyes, followed by a rash which begins on the head and then spreads down the body. Complications of measles can be severe."

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