It's been almost a week since the Australian Grand Prix and the start of the Formula 1 season, But the side effects of attending such an important event did not stop after the overly expensive concessions and the traffic disorder that drove them home. Friday, the government of the state of Victoria issue a health warning for those who attended the race.
The government health advisory, which is active from this publication, is for a confirmed case of measles on the track on weekends, where Valtteri Bottas won the first race of the year on his teammate Mercedes Lewis Hamilton. The warning says that the person with measles could have been in the contagious phase during the race, and that they have visited several areas of the track.
Here are the areas listed in the warning, for those who might also have been at great price:
Anyone who may have been exposed to measles during the race and likely to get the infection, said the warning, could see symptoms appear until April 4th. Susceptible persons include persons born during or since 1966 who do not have proof of two doses of a measles-containing vaccine or immunity to infection, and those who are immunocompromised.
Measles, a highly infectious disease caused by a virus that often leads to a big red rash can open up a person to worse, potentially deadly complications, should not really be a thing anymore. The vaccine used is 97% effective, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but epidemics have occurred in regions such as Europe, the United States, the Philippines, Japan and elsewhere in the midst of the anti-vaccination movement and fears about vaccines.
The Australian health alert indicates that new cases of measles may present with fever, severe cough, red eyes and a rash. He also indicated that the infectious period of measles is between five and four days after the appearance of the rash, which means that there is a big window for spreading the virus.
Halfway through the warning, in bold, the Victorian government wrote that it was "a timely reminder for individuals to check their vaccination record" and to vaccinate against measles. The CDC evaluates effectiveness at 97%, after all, which is a higher percentage than many other things in which we put our faith.