Northern Territory on measles alert


TERRITORIANS are being urged to be on alert for measles symptoms after an infected person visited two doctors’ surgeries, three shopping centres and a childcare centre in Darwin and Palmerston.

The Centre for Disease Control (CDC) says a person became unwell several days after returning to Australia from holidaying in Singapore and Hong Kong.

The CDC says between January 13 and 19 the infected patient visited two different general practice surgeries and a massage therapist in Casuarina, a chiropractor and the Royal Darwin Hospital Emergency Department.

The patient also visited a child care centre in the Palmerston area and Casuarina Village, Casuarina Shopping Square and Oasis Shopping Village in Palmerston.

The centre is in the process of contacting people who visited those areas, but says it’s important to contact a doctor if you experience measles symptoms including high fever, cough, running nose or sore eyes.

“People not immune to measles who attended these services during the same period or a few hours after would be at risk of contracting the disease,” the CDC said in a statement.

The CDC has urged Territorians to get the Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccine if they haven’t already.

Measles is a very contagious viral illness that is spread between people through coughing and sneezing.

Up to one third of people infected with measles will experience complications, including ear infections, diarrhoea, pneumonia or even encephalitis and may require hospitalisation.

Complications are more common in young children and elderly people.

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