Measles alert for Brisbane
Metro North Public Health Unit (MNPHU) has confirmed a case of measles in a child from North Brisbane.
The child was infectious from the 8 July to the 10 July whilst in the following locations:
- Philippine Airlines flight PRO221 from Manila and Brisbane International Airport on the morning of Sunday, 8 July
- Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital Emergency Department (ED) between the hours of 2pm and 9.30pm, Tuesday 10 July
MNPHU public health physician Dr Bhakti Vasant said anyone who was on the flight (PRO221) from Manila or in the Lady Cilento Children’s ED should ensure they are protected against measles and to be wary of symptoms.
“If people are adequately vaccinated with two recorded doses of Measles Mumps Rubella (MMR) vaccine, they are very unlikely to get the disease. People who are unsure or have concerns about their immunity to measles should contact their doctor to check whether they have had both vaccines,” Dr Vasant said.
“Measles is one of the most infectious of all communicable diseases and is spread by tiny droplets through coughing and sneezing.
“True measles is a serious viral infection that causes fever, cough, runny nose, then a blotchy, red rash rash and sore eyes a few days later. The rash often starts on the face then becomes widespread over the body,” said Dr Vasant.
“Symptoms usually start around 7 to 10 days after infection but sometimes longer so anyone who develops measles-like symptoms within the next fortnight should contact their GP for advice.
“It is 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.”
Dr Vasant said measles can make people very unwell and although complications are uncommon they can be very serious.
“Approximately 30% of adults with measles will be hospitalised. It can be a severe illness even in otherwise healthy people,” said Dr Vasant.
“Because of recent measles outbreaks overseas, it is particularly important for travellers to get vaccinated before leaving Australia. Please speak to your GP regarding vaccination before travelling.”
For more information on the measles virus visit: http://conditions.health.qld.gov.au/HealthCondition/condition/14/217/91/measles or contact 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84).