Measles Alert for Brisbane and Redcliffe

Measles Alert feature imageMetro North Public Health Unit has issued a measles alert following a confirmed case of the highly infectious disease in an adult on Brisbane’s northside.

The adult male was unknowingly infectious when he arrived at Brisbane Airport on Monday 3 July, and visited several businesses and locations on Brisbane’s northside and Redcliffe Peninsula.

Those locations and times include:

  • Flight QF40 from Jakarta to Melbourne, on Sunday 2 July, departed at 9:20pm
  • Melbourne Airport on Monday 3 July, between 6.20am and 9.50am
  • Flight QF610 from Melbourne to Brisbane on Monday 3 July, departed at 9:50am
  • Brisbane Domestic Airport on Monday 3 July, between Noon and 1pm
  • Nudgee Service Centre, 1097 Nudgee Road, Nudgee, on Monday 3 July, between 1.15pm and 1.45pm, and again on Saturday 8 July, between 11pm and 11.40pm
  • CJ’s Pastries, Ashmole Road and Klingner Roads at Kippa-Ring on Monday 3 July, between 1.40pm and 2.10pm
  • Vital Life Centres, 1 Jeays Street, Scarborough, on Tuesday 4 July, Wednesday 5 July, Saturday 8 July between 8am and 11.30am, and on Monday 10 July between 3pm and 4pm
  • Kippa-Ring Shopping Centre, on Tuesday 4 July between 2pm and 4pm
  • City Cave Redcliffe Sauna, 265 Oxley Ave, Margate, on Saturday 8 July, between 1pm and 2.30pm
  • Dan Murphy’s, 867 Stanley St, Woolloongabba, on Saturday 8 July, between 6.15pm and 7pm
  • DFO Skygate at Brisbane Airport on Sunday 9 July, between 10am and 6.30pm (in particular, at the Volcom outlet and in the food court)
  • Redcliffe Hospital Emergency Department on Thursday 13 July, between 4.15pm and 10pm, and again on Friday 14 July, between 8:45am and 4pm.

Metro North Public Health physician Dr Megan Young said anyone at these locations during these times should monitor themselves for symptoms for 18 days from when they may have had contact.

“If they do develop symptoms, they should seek medical advice,” Dr Young said.

“Early symptoms of measles include a fever, tiredness, cough, runny nose, and red, inflamed eyes. Those symptoms then progress to a blotchy red rash, which often starts on the face before becoming widespread.”

“Measles symptoms typically start between seven and 18 days after infection.”

“Anyone seeking treatment for an illness they think could be measles should call ahead before visiting their GP or medical practice to allow precautions to be taken that can prevent the illness spreading to others,” Dr Young said.

Queensland Health recommends that anyone born in 1966 or after, who has not had two documented doses of measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccine or had proven measles, should visit their doctor to get vaccinated for measles.

Further information on measles is available on the Queensland Health website or by calling 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84).

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