ANYONE who was in Griffith last week is being urged to check themselves for symptoms of measles.
The Murrumbidgee Local Health District says it is aware that a person infectious with the contagious virus was in Griffith last Wednesday and Thursday.
Director of Public Health Tracey Oakman said the person visited “a number of local wineries and restaurants on those days”.
“Measles can have serious complications, particularly for young children or people with weakened immune systems,” she said.
Symptoms include fever, sore eyes and a cough followed a few days later by a non-itchy rash accompanied by fever.
People with measles should seek medical attention, but are advised to call ahead so that arrangements can be made to see a doctor without spreading the virus to other people in the waiting room.
“Anyone with measles should remain at home and not attend work or school and not go out in public,” Mrs Oakman said.
Adults and children born since 1965 who do not have records of receiving two doses of Measles vaccine and who have no evidence of immunity from prior infection are susceptible to Measles.
While measles is rare in Australia, it is common in some countries. People who travel overseas should discuss measles immunisation with their doctor.
For more information visit: www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/factsheets/Pages/Measles_Factsheet.aspx.
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