Great Southern measles warning issued

Staff reportersAlbany Advertiser
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An urgent measles warning has been issued for Albany, after a person infected the disease visited several popular locations last weekend, including the Kalgan Stampede Rodeo and Due South Tavern.

The Department of Health warned locals to be alert to the risk they may have contracted measles if they are not immune and visited one of nine Great Southern venues last week.

The list includes visitors to the Kalgan Stampede Rodeo or The Forts at Mt Clarence on January 12, or Rustlers Steakhouse that evening.

The same warning was issued for visitors to the Emu Point Café at breakfast in January 13, Limeburners Distillery or Due South Tavern that afternoon, or the White Star Hotel during dinner.

The same infected person or persons visited Passmore Cycles and BP Roadhouse in Williams on January 14.

Visitors to those venues during those times should remain vigilant for the onset of measles symptoms from tomorrow through to the end of January if they are not immune.

Symptoms include fever, cough, runny nose and sore eyes, followed by a red blotchy rash three or four days later.

The rash usually starts on the face and spreads to the rest of the body.

People born before 1966 are usually immune to measles because they had the illness as a child.

However, people born during or after 1966 are asked to check they have had two documented doses of measles vaccine at some stage in their life, especially if they plan to travel overseas.

Parents, especially those residing in the Albany area, are urged to make sure their children receive their measles vaccinations on schedule.

There is no current risk of contracting measles at the venues.

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