Measles case on Brisbane’s northside
Metro North Public Health Unit has issued a measles alert following a confirmed case of the highly infectious disease on Brisbane’s northside.
It brings the total number of cases recorded in the Metro North area in 2019 to four.
The child developed symptoms after returning from overseas and was unknowingly infectious while visiting the following locations:
- Just Pharmacy at Murrumba Downs Shopping Centre between 7pm and 7.45pm on Tuesday 2 July
- Taigum Square Shopping Centre, Beams Road, Taigum between 10.15am and 11.15am on Friday 5 July
Metro North Public Health physician Dr Rosie Muller said people who were in these areas at the same time should seek medical advice if they develop measles symptoms.
“Measles is one of the most infectious of all communicable diseases and is spread by tiny droplets generated through coughing and sneezing,” Dr Muller said.
“Early symptoms include fever, runny nose, lethargy and sore, red eyes. This is followed a few days later by a blotchy red rash, which often starts on the face before becoming widespread.
“Symptoms typically start between 10 and 18 days after infection so anyone who develops symptoms within the next couple of weeks should contact their family doctor for advice.
“It’s very important to call the medical practice first to say you could have measles, so that staff can take precautions to avoid spreading the disease to others.”
Queensland Health recommends anyone born during or since 1966, who has not had two documented doses of measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccine or had proven measles, should visit their local family doctor to get vaccinated for measles. The vaccine is free for anyone who requires it.
Measles is spread from person-to-person by tiny droplets created during coughing and sneezing. The droplets can remain suspended in the air.
Measles can be distressing for those with the infection and can cause serious complications such as pneumonia and encephalitis (inflammation of the brain).
Further information on measles is available on the Queensland Health website, at: http://www.health.qld.gov.au/ or by calling 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84).