ACT Health confirms second measles case in Canberra in 2017

Health authorities are urging Canberrans to ensure their vaccinations are up to date after a second measles case was recorded in as many weeks.

Chief health officer Paul Kelly said the latest case didn’t appear linked to one confirmed in October but ACT Health was still investigating.

“The Health Protection Service [is] following up people known to have been in contact with this latest case of measles,” Dr Kelly Said.

“As this individual has visited several public locations in Canberra while infectious, it will not be possible to identify and contact all people who may have been exposed.”

Exposure sites include:

  • On October 26, Spar Express Supermarket, Ngunnawal Shopping Centre;
  • IGA Ngunnawal, Ngunnawal Shopping Centre; and
  • Coles Amaroo, Amaroo Village.
  • On October 27, Ngunnawal Pharmacy, Ngunnawal Shopping Centre, about 3pm
  • Kmart Gungahlin, Gunghalin Shopping Centre, from 4pm to 5pm; and 
  • Hogs Breath Café, Woden, from 8pm to 9.30pm.
  • On October 29, Coles Gungahlin, Gunghalin Village, about 6pm; and
  • Cold Rock Gungahlin, Gunghalin Village, from 6 to 6.45pm.

“We … strongly encourage people who were in the same locations as the latest case to keep a close watch for symptoms,” Dr Kelly said.

“These include fever, tiredness, runny nose, sore eyes and a cough, followed by a rash, which appears two to seven days later.

“For anyone with symptoms of measles who needs to seek medical advice, they should also advise their health care 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.”

Measles is serious and highly contagious among people who are not immunised. The virus is spread from an infectious person during coughing and sneezing or through direct contact with secretions from the nose or mouth.

ACT Health said people generally developed symptoms seven to 18 days after being exposed to a person with infectious measles, with 10 days being more common.

People are infectious from five days before they develop a rash until four days after.