Australian doctor warns of measles after man returns from World Cup

20:21, July 12, 2010      

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Australia's Northern Territory Center for Disease Control on Monday urged people who think they might have the measles to seek medical help.

The warning comes after a Darwin man started showing the symptoms, which include fever, cough, runny nose and sore eyes, after he returned from the football World Cup in South Africa earlier this month.

Dr Vicki Krause said those who have not been vaccinated and have come into contact with the man may now be showing symptoms.

"It's usually about seven to 10 days after a person has come into contact with the diseased person that they will start having symptoms of measles," she said.

"So right now would be a time that if people had been in contact on that Friday (July 2), that they may be having those symptoms."

Measles is a very contagious viral illness that is spread between people through coughing, sneezing. It can affect all ages but children under 12 months and anyone not immune is at much greater risk.

Source: Xinhua


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